Johannesburg Launch of "Platform Africa", Aperture Magazine


22 June 2017  

Photo: presented the Johannesburg launch of the ‘Platform Africa’ edition of Aperture Magazine on 22 June 2017 at Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg. 

Aperture took an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennales, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography. “Platform Africa” presents a new generation of artists, and is produced in collaboration with guest editors Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos; John Fleetwood, director of Photo: in Johannesburg, and Aïcha Diallo, associate editor of Contemporary And.

“Platform Africa” features include:

  • Sean O’Toole proles Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop, founded in 1989 by David Goldblatt, whose alumni include Zanele Muholi, Sabelo Mlangeni, and Thabiso Sekgala

  • Bisi Silva revisits the legacy of Bamako, Mali, the “capital of photography” in West Africa and host of the continent’s most influential photography biennale.

  • Debut portfolios by Jody Brand Cape Town; Abdo Shanan Algeria; and Eric Gyamfi Ghana

  • hoto essays of Sabelo Mlangeni, Nico Krijno, Ashley Walters, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Malala Andrialavidrazana and more. Texts of M. Neelika Jayawardane, Bongani Madondo, Rita Potenza (on Drum magazine), Candice Jansen and more.

As part of the launch programme, Photo: presents a public discussion: Dedications and Dilutions: Questions about contemporary photography positions in and on Africa.

Moderated by Mika Conradie with photographer Musa Nxumalo and John Fleetwood, guest editor of “Platform Africa” and director of Photo:.


About Aperture
Aperture magazine, based in New York City, is an international quarterly journal specializing in photography.
Founded in 1952, it is the flagship publication of Aperture Foundation.

Generous support for the “Platform Africa” issue of Aperture magazine is provided by: Lawrence B. Benenson, Diane and Charles Frankel, and the Tierney Family Foundation.

Posted 25 Jun 2017

Amy Daniels