Published: 6 December 2019 at 13:20
Kalingalinga to Cambridge – ARU collaborates with Zambian photographers
A powerful photography exhibition that promises to change people’s perceptions of the African continent will open in Cambridge in January.
“Stories of Kalingalinga” highlights some of the rapid economic and social changes that have taken place in the neighbourhood of Kalingalinga in Zambia’s capital Lusaka.
Kalingalinga is being squeezed on all sides by more affluent suburbs and the images in the exhibition capture the rich diversity in this community as changes due to modernisation begin to gather pace.
The exhibition, which will be on display at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) from 16 January 2020, will feature the work of 11 photographers and visual artists who were invited by ARU and the Zambia National Visual Arts Council to take part in a workshop in Lusaka earlier this year.
The photographers created their own personal interpretations of Kalingalinga, in a wide range of lens-based styles and approaches, with the resulting images challenging the idea of a singular visual narrative of Africa.
The exhibition directly questions post-colonial representations of Zambia, and Africa more broadly, and highlights the power of imagery and the importance of looking out for hidden narratives and voices.
Muchemwa Sichone, one of the Zambian photographers, said:
Video interviews with each of the photographers will be on display around the gallery. The videos provide a voice for this new generation of creatives to speak about their experiences and their own approaches to photography.
The exhibition, and the workshop in Lusaka, have been organised by Kerstin Hacker of ARU, who has also been working closely with the University of Zambia to establish the country’s first Photography degree course, which will begin in 2021.
Kerstin, the Co-Course Leader for Photography at ARU in Cambridge, said:
The “Stories of Kalingalinga” exhibition will feature work by Edith Chilliboy, Danny Chiyesu, Zenzele Chulu, Natalia Gonzalez Acosta, Kerstin Hacker, Margaret Malawo, David Daut Makala, Dennis Mubanga, Scotty, Muchemwa Sichone and Yande Yombwe, and will be on display at the Ruskin Gallery, at ARU in Cambridge, from 16 January until 13 February 2020.
There will also be a symposium – Telling our tales through ambiguous photography: Decolonizing the visual library of the African continent – on 31 January, where invited speakers will discuss photography in Africa, visual identity, and the role the photography can play in reducing inequality.
All exhibitions in the Ruskin Gallery are free of charge and open to the public. For further information, visit https://artseventsaru.co.uk/kalingalinga-photography-exhibition/