It’s the last call for Museum of a Revolution – photographer Guy Tillim’s first exhibition after winning the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award. On until 25 November at the Stevenson Gallery, the powerful images, depicting African city streets, deliver stark social commentary on current affairs. ‘These streets, named and renamed, function as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of political, economic and social shifts of power on the continent,’ he says.
Over the past four years Tillim has been photographing the streets of cities such as Johannesburg, Durban, Maputo, Beira, Harare, Nairobi, Kigali, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Luanda, Libreville, Accra, Dakar and Dar es Salaam. These streets, named and renamed, function as silent witnesses to the ebb and flow of political, economic and social shifts of power and become a museum of the many revolutions that have taken place in African countries over the past 65 years.
Describing the conception of this series, he writes:
‘In Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, on the Avenida 24 Julho, there is an institution called the Museum of the Revolution. The avenue was named soon after the establishment of Lourenço Marques as the Portuguese colonial capital. The 24th of July 1875 marked the end of a Luso-British conflict for possession of the territory that was decided in favour of Portugal. One hundred years later the name of the avenue remains the same, but its meaning has changed.’ – Guy Tillim
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