. A New Exhibition Explores the Competing Visions at the Center of Africa’s Tumultuous 1960s « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NEWS – 1960 was dubbed “the Year of Africa” by media and politicians at the time due to the fact that 17 African nations became independent that year. Throughout the decade, over a dozen more countries followed. Meanwhile, in South Africa, Black South Africans were resisting Apartheid and, beginning in 1964, Zimbabwe was mired in a bloody civil war as the Black population resisted white minority rule. Photography was at the center of these upheavals as new nationalist governments, transnational movements, aging colonial and repressive governments, and Western onlookers jostled to capture their version of the new reality.

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