The Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles will be featuring [RE-]MIXING HOLLYWOOD in the exhibition TEAR MY BRA, from July 4 till September 25, 2016.
The Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie d’Arles will be be featuring the series [RE-]MIXING HOLLYWOOD, a collaboration between photographers Antoine Tempé and Omar Victor Diop, in the exhibition TEAR MY BRA, drama and fantasy in Nollywood movies and their influence on cultural and visual storytelling in Africa.
Nollywood is the colloquial name for Nigeria’s booming commercial film industry. A cross-cultural phenomenon, with thousands of films being produced each year and billions of dollars being circulated, Nollywood films have made a big impact on film history and on African contemporary visual culture. While limited-budgets, poorly rendered fake blood, and bizarre manifestations of the classic ‘boy meets girl’ plot are the trademark trifecta of Nollywood films, the audience for these productions is continuously growing. The success of this industry illustrates that there is not only a demand, but also an affinity and perhaps even a contribution to the globalization of aesthetics, particularly those of West Africa. The title of the exhibition is a tribute to traditional Nollywood titles, at times completely ambiguous and dramatic. Exhibition curator: Azu Nwagbogu assisted by Maria Pia Bernardoni. Venue : Ground Control, an abandoned industrial site in the vicinity of the Arles railway station. Dates :
[re-]Mixing Hollywood, a project by Antoine Tempé & Omar Victor Diop
Both based in Dakar, Senegalese Omar Victor Diop and French-American Antoine Tempé are revisiting with a great deal of humor, iconic moments of American and European movies. They set their scenes in contemporary Dakar and Abidjan, with a cast featuring a representative sample of the cultural scenes of those two West African urban centers.