Art Insure

Various locations in Knokke Heist

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Cindy and Nkuli

Nontsikelelo Veleko
Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Cindy and Nkuli, Pigment inks on cotton rag paper ,
Courtesy of the Goodman Gallery


Meerlaan 32 8300 Knokke-Heist

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Jodi Bieber, Yinka Shonibare, Sabelo Mlangeni, Zanele Muholi and Nontsikelelo Veleko at Various locations in Knokke Heist

The Photo Festival’s main exhibition, 'Haute Africa', highlights the work of several leading international photographers in various locations in Knokke-Heist’s public space.

'Haute Africa' focuses on the work of photographers who are not interested in African fashion per se but who choose instead to conduct an anthropological study of contemporary African clothing culture. With their fine sense for the various developments in society, they reflect on the various social, political and economic issues that fashion expresses.

Several African countries, including Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zambia have a flourishing economy. South Africa’s economy is the largest in Africa, making it a major global player. These countries primarily owe their progress to the exploitation of the minerals in Africa’s rich soil, but creative and sustainable economies are also seeing growth.

The fashion industry is a good example of such a creative industry. Many African designers, entrepreneurs and photographers inspire the world with new designs that convey and renew African identity. Their creations find their way to the West, through the Internet, during international fashion weeks and thanks to several initiatives aimed at promoting fashion. Artists and photographers soon also noticed this development. They use clothing cultures to better understand the convictions, thoughts and feelings of the wearers or the history of a particular place. They examine such topics as Westernisation, post-Colonialism, race and gender equality, religious beliefs or political power.

The participating artists/photographers are Martin Parr, Wangechi Mutu, Viviane Sassen, Zanele Muholi, Jodi Bieber, Jim Naughten, Phyllis Galembo, Héctor Mediavilla, Sabelo Mlangeni, Jehad Nga, Hassan Hajjaj, Nontsikelelo Veleko, Baudouin Mouanda, Daniele Tamagni, Namsa Leuba and Yinka Shonibare.

30 March 2014 - 09 June 2014