3 June 2021 – 9 January 2022
Digital press conference: Wednesday, 2 June, 11 am
Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 2 June, 1 to 8 pm
At the Museum Angewandte Kunst with works by Yagazie Emezi, Mohau Modisakeng and Yves Sambu
The international photography Triennial RAY will present outstanding positions in photography and related media for the fourth time, from 3 June to 12 September 2021. This time more than 22 artists will be exhibited at over 11 exhibition venues in Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region. For these exhibitions the RAY curatorial team has set the focus on contemporary positions in which the artists reflect on how ideologies have been expressed in the past and in the present, how they work and to what extent they promote power, manipulation, abuse, exclusion and exploitation.
Photography as a medium of representation is especially closely connected in its origin to the imperial industrialization of Western nation states and to the colonization of the African continent in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The photographs from this time resound as the expression of a permanently unconscious, but equally manipulatively employed conscious reproduction of myths and negative representations of the continent. It is for this reason that we require other perspectives today, a different form of art practice and other players in the field of photography and associated visual media.
The works comprising photography and film on show at the Museum Angewandte Kunst are concerned, directly or indirectly, with historic abuses as well as the media’s portrayal of “Africa”. Yagazie Emezi, Mohau Modisakeng and Yves Sambu present an exploration from within African societies of gender, poverty, beauty, the body, identity and the consequences of racism for individuals and communities.