Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait (Hardcover)

Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait By Samuel Fosso (Artist), Okwui Enwezor (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Artur Walther (Editor) Cover Image
By Samuel Fosso (Artist), Okwui Enwezor (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Artur Walther (Editor)
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"Engaging with notions of perception and sexuality, Fosso's groundbreaking portraiture reflects themes of global culture and the freedom of self-expression." -Vanity Fair

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Autoportrait is the first comprehensive survey of the multifaceted oeuvre of Nigerian photographer Samuel Fosso (born 1962). Since the mid-1970s, Fosso has focused on self-portraiture and performance, envisioning variations of identity in the postcolonial era. From Fosso's early black-and-white self-portraits from the 1970s to his recent exercises in self-presentation, highlights include the vibrant series Tati (1997), in which he playfully inhabits African and African American characters and archetypes; and the magisterial portraits of African Spirits (2008), where he poses as icons of the pan-African liberation and Civil Rights movements, such as Angela Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela.

This landmark monograph demonstrates Fosso's unique departure from the traditions of West African studio photography, established in the 1950s and '60s by modern masters Seydou Ke ta and Malick Sidib . By charting his conceptual practice of self-portraiture, and sustained engagement with notions of sexuality, gender and self-representation, this book reveals an unprecedented photographic project.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783958296121
ISBN-10: 3958296122
Publisher: Steidl/The Walther Collection
Publication Date: August 11th, 2020
Pages: 188
Language: English
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