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Antoine Tempé Tear My Bra Les Rencontres d'Arles 2016 Blow Up 1 / 2       Antoine Tempé, Blow Up, Dakar, 2013, project (re-)Mixing Hollywood. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles

Uche Okpa Iroha, A Room for a Favour, The Plantation Boy series. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles. 2 / 2       Uche Okpa Iroha, A Room for a Favour, The Plantation Boy series. Courtesy of the artist. © Rencontres Arles

Tear My Bra

Tear My Bra is the title of one of three exhibitions devoted to the African visual universe proposals from the section Africa Pop within the 47th edition of Les Rencontres d'Arles.
Curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni, the exhibition aims to raise the curtain on the Nigerian film industry, the so-called Nollywood, a booming industry that sees the production of more than a thousand films every year, billionaire investment and a constantly increasing public. An extremely lively and impressive reality, that is assuming the contours of a real cross-cultural phenomenon.

L'entrata della mostra Tear My Bra, a cura di Azu Nwagbogu e Maria Pia Bernardoni. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.The entrance to the exhibition Tear My Bra, curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

The success of these films – from the explosive iconography, rich in colours, blood, weapons and violent gestures – reveals not only the existence of an effective demand, but also the development of an unprecedented visual imagery and all African, which at the moment involves mainly West Africa, the fact is it is having a huge impact on the contemporary African visual culture, contributing fully to that which is in the presentation text of the exhibition, which is defined as the «globalization of an aesthetics». And it is around this point, to this new iconography trend and its branched and overlapping influences that gravitates the exhibition proposed by Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni.

Durante la visita alla mostra Tear My Bra, a cura di Azu Nwagbogu e Maria Pia Bernardoni. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.During the visit to the exhibition Tear My Bra, curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni. © Stefania Biamonti/FPmag.

Walking through the halls assigned to the exhibition it is possible to observe not only the posters of some of the most famous films made in Nollywood in recent times, but also a series of works that show how the Nigerian film production is affecting not only the history of African cinema, but also the contemporary photography of this continent. This is obviously the first step to a revolution whose benefit can be reaped, perhaps, only in ten or so years. However what is interesting to note, from a photographic point of view, is that thanks to the propelling force of the Nigerian cinema there is a keeping of distance, slow and developed on several fronts, both from the models of more traditional African photography as well as those from the West. [ Stefania Biamonti ]


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TEAR MY BRA.
DRAMA AND FANTASY IN NOLLYWOOD MOVIES AND THEIR INFLUENCE ON CULTURAL AND VISUAL STORYTELLING IN AFRICA

curated by Azu Nwagbogu and Maria Pia Bernardoni
Ground Control, avenue Paulin Talabot - Arles (France)
4 July – 25 September 2016
opening times: daily, 10 am - 7,30 pm
admission fee: 12,00 € (reductions and cumulative tickets)



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