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Angèle Etoundi Essamba

Angèle Etoundi Essamba (b. 1962) one of the most acclaimed female African photographers of her generation. When she was 10, she moved to Paris from Cameroon, and in 1982 to the Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Applied Photography in Amsterdam.

She records in an aesthetic way a vision on the African woman and the African culture, giving a new interpretation of the contemporary Africa. In her work, she challenges and breaks with stereotypical representations of women, instead she chooses to give her subjects meaning and greatness. Etoundi Essamba has had a number of solo exhibitions in Paris, The Hague, Nairobi, Amsterdam and Barcelona, since her first exhibition in 1985 in Maison Descartes in Amsterdam. In 2016, Essamba was a participating artist in the Framer Framed group exhibition What We Have Overlooked, curated by Mirjam Westen in Amsterdam from 30 June to 21 August.

Essamba’s photographs have also been commented in various publications among which: Passion 1989, Contrasts 1995, Symboles 1999, Noirs 2001, La Métamorphose du sublime 2003, Dialogues 2006, Voiles & Dévoilements 2008, Africa rising 2010, I- dentity – Eye-dentity 2010, As it is 2010, Africa see you, see me 2011, Desvelos 2011, Black & Red beyond color 2012, Women of the water, 2013, Invisible, African women in action, 2015, strength & pride 2016, Daughters of life, 2018.

She currently lives and works in Amsterdam.


Zanele Muholi - Miss D'vine I (2007), collectie Museum Arnhem

Exhibition: What We Have Overlooked

A collection presentation of Museum Arnhem, curated by Mirjam Westen