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Salon #23: Photobooks from Africa with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen, Brendan Wattenberg and Oluremi Onabanjo

On Monday, 20 November 2017 at The Walther Collection in New York City, 10×10 Photobooks hosted salon presentations on the contemporary photobook scene in Africa.

Oluremi Onabanjo of The Walther Collection moderated a discussion between Brendan Wattenberg of Aperture and Bronwyn Law-Viljoen of South Africa’s Fourthwall Books.


Spread from Hââbré: The Last Generation (Fourthwall Books, 2016). Photographs by Joana Choumali. Courtesy the artist and Fourthwall Books.

Bronwyn Law-Viljoen is Associate Professor and Head of Creative Writing at Wits University, co-founder and editor of Fourthwall Books, and former editor of Art South Africa magazine. She has doctorates from New York University and the University of the Witwatersrand. She has written on South African art and photography for various publications and has published several short stories. Her first novel, The Printmaker, was published in 2016 (Umuzi) and shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Award. She is currently at work on her second novel. Read Brendan Wattenberg’s interview with Bronwyn Law-Viljoen from Aperture’s The Photobook Review #12 (Spring 2017).

Brendan Wattenberg is the managing editor of Aperture magazine. Formerly the director of exhibitions at The Walther Collection in New York, he has contributed essays and interviews to NKA: Journal of Contemporary African ArtAnother AfricaContemporary And, and Aperture’s PhotoBook Review and is the editor of the photobooks François-Xavier Gbré: The Past is a Foreign Country and Samuel Fosso: The Spectacle of the Body.

Oluremi C. Onabanjo is Director of Exhibitions and Collections for The Walther Collection Project Space in Chelsea, NY, a private institution dedicated to publishing, researching, collecting, and exhibiting photography and video art. She is co-curator of the 2017 exhibition Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography & Video Art, and co-editor of the accompanying publication (Steidl).* Onabanjo has contributed to publications for The Studio Museum in Harlem, The PhotoBook Review, Autograph ABP, 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, and The Walther Collection. She holds a BA in African Studies from Columbia University, and an MSc in Visual, Material, and Museum Anthropology from Oxford University.

*Read Okwui Enwezor on the Recent Histories of African Photography.

Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection (2017). Edited by Daniela Baumann, Joshua Chuang and Oluremi C. Onabanjo.

“Platform Africa,” Aperture magazine #227, Summer 2017.