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Bamako 2011 –Calvin Dondo


My work navigates the ties, which bind subjects in a cosmopolitan family unit. The invisible thread, which joins the people in the photo together. The metaphysical space, that attracts and distracts, the shared memory. I am drawn by the strong traditions and conventions of family portraiture. Wherever I see a family photo, I can see a community. Communities shape the woman and the man of tomorrow. I use family portraiture to interrogate the dynamics, thus the triumphs and challenges of these families, which cut across the cultural, social, economic and political divide.

Exposition Panafricaine
Musée National du Mali

Calvin Dondo (South Africa)
New German Family, 2007

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