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Look at me!, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Look at me!, Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands from 11/20/14 to 03/14/15

Every day millions of people all over the world share photos of themselves. Making selfies is a hype originating from the digital media, Internet and social media. But is this need for self-imaging indeed unique to our time?

The Tropenmuseum has explored its rich historical collection of photographs and discovered astonishing similarities with more recent self-portraits.

A visual journey of discovery along portraits from three different periods

Self imaging in three periods

View images by Woodbury & Page and other 19th-century photo studios never exhibited before; famous studio portraits by James Barnor, Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé; and contemporary self-portraits by artists like Iké Udé, Ni Haifeng and Hélène Amouzou. The portrait photos can be divided into three periods:

19th-century colonial Indonesia;
the independence period in the 1950s and 1960s in West Africa;
and the multicultural West of today.



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LOOK AT ME!, TROPENMUSEUM, AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS from 11/20/14 to 03/14/15 - © 2010-2017 The Contemporary African Art Collection - Contact Caacart - Seydou Keita Photographer, the official website, new, click here