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STEIDL/THE WALTHER COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait

Edited with text and interview by Okwui Enwezor. Foreword by Artur Walther, Jean-Marc Patras. Text by Quentin Bajac, Yves Chatap, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Terry Smith, Claire Staebler, James Thomas.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait.'

Autoportrait is the first comprehensive survey of the multifaceted oeuvre of Nigerian photographer Samuel Fosso (born 1962). Since the mid-1970s, Fosso has focused on self-portraiture and performance, envisioning variations of identity in the postcolonial era. From Fosso’s early black-and-white self-portraits from the 1970s to his recent exercises in self-presentation, highlights include the vibrant series Tati (1997), in which he playfully inhabits African and African American characters and archetypes; and the magisterial portraits of African Spirits (2008), where he poses as icons of the pan-African liberation and Civil Rights movements, such as Angela Davis, Martin Luther King, Jr., Patrice Lumumba and Nelson Mandela.

This landmark monograph demonstrates Fosso’s unique departure from the traditions of West African studio photography, established in the 1950s and ’60s by modern masters Seydou Keïta and Malick Sidibé. By charting his conceptual practice of self-portraiture, and sustained engagement with notions of sexuality, gender and self-representation, this book reveals an unprecedented photographic project.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Vanity Fair

Engaging with notions of perception and sexuality, Fosso’s groundbreaking portraiture reflects themes of global culture and the freedom of self-expression.

Highsnobiety

Isabelle Hore-Thorburn

From his earliest black and white self-portraits from the 1970s to his most recent theatrical works, Fosso never resorts to the kinds of cliched depictions of the black body that persist in Western photography. Instead, Fosso bears witness to the immeasurable possibilities of Black identity.

Aperture

Okwui Enwezor

[Fosso is] very well known for are photographic images in which [his] studio became a theater, a liberated space where [he] played with codes of representation of gender, sexuality, masculinity, and fashion.

Interview

Mitchell Nugent

In Autoportrait, the artist’s body of work is like attending a family reunion in portraiture form. The book conjures an intoxicating tranquility...filling viewers with a warmness and familiarity. The sophisticatedly-designed volume feels like it was made up of photographs that were hidden away in a shoebox under a bed, only to be pulled out and treasured for a short while. Thankfully, Steidl’s newest edition will allow the world to revel in Fosso’s glow.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 7/24/2020

Questions of power and identity in 'Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait'

Questions of power and identity in 'Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait'

Featured image, from Samuel Fosso’s 2008 African Spirits series, is reproduced from Autoportrait, a new release from Steidl and the Walther Collection, New York, and the first comprehensive survey of the artist's work. Since the 1970s, Fosso’s self-portraiture and performance have challenged identity in the postcolonial era. In this series in particular, Fosso takes on historic images of 1960s revolutionaries, from Kwame Nkrumah and Nelson Mandela to Angela Davis and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. In an interview with Okwui Enwezor, Fosso discusses the underlying concept of African Spirits. “While all the series I have done can be understood by viewers as discrete and self-contained, and therefore different, to me there is one unifying theme behind all of them—and that is the question of power. I am particularly interested in the role that slavery played in the history of Africa… I see slavery as connected to all these questions of freedom, liberation, colonialism and power. To me, slavery was the source, and I wanted to deal with it in a really deep way. My goal was to restage key images and figures in this history from King during the American civil rights movement to Kwame Nkrumah, Léopold Sédar Senghor, and Aimé Césaire during the independence and liberation of Africa. To my mind, all these struggles had one thing in common, and that is the history of slavery. And these figures were committed to the idea of freedom for black people in order to reclaim their culture and human dignity.” continue to blog


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Samuel Fosso: Autoportrait

SAMUEL FOSSO: AUTOPORTRAIT

STEIDL/THE WALTHER COLLECTION, NEW YORK

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Pub Date: 8/11/2020
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Samuel Fosso: SIXSIXSIX

SAMUEL FOSSO: SIXSIXSIX

Foreword by Jean-Marc Patras. Text by Hans Ulrich Obrist.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783958295094
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Pub Date: 7/14/2020
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Samuel Fosso: PHotoBolsillo International

SAMUEL FOSSO: PHOTOBOLSILLO INTERNATIONAL

Text by Simon Njami.

LA FáBRICA

ISBN: 9788492841622
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Pub Date: 10/31/2011
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