octobre 1, 2022
Juxtapoz Magazine – Samuel Fosso’s African Spirits
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Juxtapoz Magazine – Samuel Fosso’s African Spirits

The Menil Collection // August 04, 2022 – January 15, 2023

© Samuel Fosso© Samuel Fosso

© Samuel Fosso© Samuel Fosso

© Samuel Fosso© Samuel Fosso

© Samuel Fosso© Samuel Fosso

© Samuel Fosso© Samuel Fosso

Installation view at the Menil CollectionInstallation view at the Menil Collection

Installation view at the Menil CollectionInstallation view at the Menil Collection

In this series of self-portraits, completed in 2008, Samuel Fosso pictures himself as Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., Patrice Lumumba, Kwame Nkrumah, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Malcolm X, and other prominent figures from 20th-century Black liberation movements. His photographs reference iconic images, such as Carl Fischer’s photograph of Muhammad Ali that was published on the cover of Esquire in 1968 and the police mugshot taken of King after his arrest during the 1956 bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Fosso’s reinterpretations of these historic photographs pay homage to the figures in the original images and raise questions about individuality, celebrity, the media, and the complicated history of representation.

Samuel Fosso: African Spirits is on view at the Menil Collection. A book by the same name is published by Sebastien Girard.

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