The Design Exchange Opens Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba

The Design Exchange presents Guy Tillim: Avenue Patrice Lumumba, on view through June 14, 2011

The exhibition is comprised of 49 images from Guy Tillim’s (South African, b. 1962) series Avenue Patrice Lumumba (2007-08). In this project Tillim records the architecture and infrastructure of colonial and postcolonial Africa.

Guy Tillim, Apartment building, Beira, Mozambique, 2008, Courtesy of Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin and Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg

Originally a photojournalist, Guy Tillim has spent most of his career documenting social conflict and inequality in the countries of Africa. In Avenue Patrice Lumumba, he captures the huge, crumbling institutional structures—post offices, schools, offices, hotels, and banks—that reveal the demise of colonialism in western and southern Africa.

This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago with funding provided by the Lannan Foundation.

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