ART COLLECTOR WORLD : Princeton University Art Museum : Art on Hulfish : Samuel Fosso : Affirmative Acts
Samuel Fosso is a larger than life artist who becomes his art. He transforms into the subject and photographs himself. There has been alot of reviews about his socio-political viewpoints but not necessarily the impact Fosso has on the both the photographic arts medium as a whole. His chameleon-like qualities lends himself to reinvention over and over again. This artist is a power to be reckoned with from yes, his political awareness but to just his stance on history and the boundaries he pushes in the art world.
His recent exhibit in Princeton, New Jersey entitled : Samuel Fosso : Affirmative Acts was such a meaningful exhibit as he become the Pope and a Senegalese rifleman all in one show. Each image is original in their own right. He once again embodies chairman Mao Zedong of China but replaces the symbol with a map of Africa. I am not one to jump on the obvious answer and would like the audience to make their own conclusions, just as Fosso has done here.
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Together, these images showcase Fosso's ability to continue to advance his medium, to not just take beautiful photos but to do something with it. This forces the viewer to understand the artists stance but to also realize the implications he lays out for us. Each piece tells a story, a struggle in Africas plight but done in such a way that we can no longer ignore the facts. They are plain to see as Fosso has made them easy to understand...and yes the images are stunning. The Photographs have a way of drawing in the viewer that we become immersed in the narrative unequivocally.
Photos of the exhibit taken by ACW ©
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