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Generation Z Exhibition

last modified Nov 01, 2018 03:21 PM
Generation Z Exhibition

Image: Kerstin Hacker

A photography exhibition by Kerstin Hacker

Private View Thursday 11 October 2018, 5 - 7 pm

The exhibition will run until 21 December 2018

Generation Z combines the acknowledgement of Hacker’s own European visual heritage with the experience of extended stays in Lusaka. She asks viewers to contemplate change in Zambia and dismantle neocolonial visual discourses. In August 2017, the Generation Z series was exhibited at the Henry Tayali Gallery in Zambia, by invitation of the Visual Arts Council of Zambia. The Generation Z series was originally aimed at a British audience, however, it also sparked debate amongst Zambian photographers on how to develop methods of showing a wider, more diverse view, which highlights the country’s unique character. The discussions highlighted that Zambia’s visual identity outside the country, and to some extent within the country, is often based on a stereotypical African narrative, which was felt not to reflect life experienced within Zambia. It is therefore not a question of if Generation Z represents of modern Africa ‘correctly’, but if they contribute to the debate on how Zambia could be represented.

These images debate the dangers of neo-liberal consumerism on African culture and what this means to the people of Zambia, but also illustrated the visual ‘proof’ of the so often demanded economic progress of an African nation. It highlights the chasm between Zambians’ daily experience of their urban lives in Lusaka, and the photographs they see of themselves in the international media. Generation Z was photographed in Lusaka in 2016 – 17.

Kerstin Hacker is a photo documentarist and academic. Her work is published and exhibited internationally. She is a recipient of the Agfa/Emma Female Photojournalist of the Year Award, is an Alexia Foundation alumna and is a Fellow of the Research Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP).

Her long-term research interests explore the changing perception, representation and visual self-governance in Africa. Her current research explores the emerging middle class in Lusaka, Zambia. While working on her own photographic project, she also works with a group of Zambian photographers and academics, who are in the process of establishing art education projects. As part of this ongoing development, Hacker has been running photography workshops for professional photographers with the Visual Arts Council Zambia exploring how photography could contribute to the development of a visual identity of a developing country like Zambia and how it can foster its visual self-governance. Hacker is also mentoring young Zambian photographers and academics.

Kerstin was born in Bavaria/Germany in 1968. She holds a BA and MA from FAMU (Academy of Applied Arts), Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2008 she is Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for Photography at the Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University.

Exhibition organised by Art at the ARB

Video and Audio Recording of the Audrey Richards Distinguished Annual Lecture now available

last modified Sep 30, 2018 05:24 PM

The 2018 Distinguished African Studies Lecture was an important intervention by Professor Lungisile Ntsebeza, holder of the AC Jordan Chair in African Studies at the University of Cape Town, into debates over decolonising African Studies in the UK, in South Africa, and globally. Professor Ntsebeza spoke on the intellectual history and legacy of Archie Mafeje, a key figure in the struggles to decolonise knowledge production on Africa. Mafeje earned his PhD in anthropology at Cambridge in 1966; in 1968, he was appointed Senior Lecturer at UCT, only to have the appointment reversed under pressure from the apartheid state, sparking student protests. Mafeje’s long transnational career brought him to the University of Dar es Salaam, ISS in The Hague, American University in Cairo, University of Namibia, and University of South Africa. In 2015, the Archie Mafeje room at UCT was occupied by students during the Rhodes Must Fall protests; in the words of the student occupiers, "We have chosen the Archie Mafeje boardroom to recognise his struggle against the very institutional racism we are fighting against."

Please click here to view or listen to the recording. Alternatively, the video is also available on our Facebook page and on YouTube