26.07.17

Muses of yesterday and today

Studio Clément Fumey Lomé, Togo Courtesy Galerie Alain Dettinger, Lyon

Studio Clément Fumey
Lomé, Togo
Courtesy Galerie Alain Dettinger, Lyon

Currently at the African Museum in Lyon (France), the exhibition Portraits de femmes (Portraits of women) shows the emancipation of African women in the aftermath of the Independence, a reflection of the intercultural dynamics of this era.

 The eighteen portrayals of studios in West Africa (1960-1980) and forty photographs taken during encounters with women from the region of Lyon recall that in the African continent, the photographic tradition has been anchored since the second half of the nineteenth century. The elites wished to emphasize their social position. The increasing demand and the studios led to the democratization of the photographic portrait, especially in the 1960s. Economic and cultural changes were also measured by the number of photographs of women, more autonomous and active, who asserted themselves in Western outfits. The only constant: the importance of family ties. Until July 30, 2017.

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