Structures of Identity:
Photography from The Walther Collection
This special exhibition explores the ways that photographers, across a range of cultures and historical periods, have used portraiture to affirm or challenge social stereotypes constructed around notions of race, gender, class, and nationality. This selection of 507 photographs, shown for the first time in New York, establishes a dialogue between significant historical, vernacular images (daguerreotypes, American tintypes, cartes de visite from Europe and South Africa, and American mugshots) and key modern and contemporary works from Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
Artists include Richard Avedon, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Samuel Fosso, Seydou Keïta, Santu Mofokeng, J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere, Thomas Ruff, August Sander, Malick Sidibé, and Zhang Huan.
“We are pleased to join with AIPAD in inaugurating its new location at Pier 94. This partnership allows us to introduce some of the investigations that we have undertaken over the past decade at our space in Neu-Ulm, Germany. These projects reflect our long-term engagement with African photography, and emphasize our overarching commitment to research, publications, exhibitions, and critical exchange. Our aim is to expand the history and interpretation of photography, in all its global cultural contexts and uses."
- Artur Walther