Photograph of the week – African members of Parliament
Visiting the V&A over the weekend, the works of Zimbabwean artist, Kudzanai Chiurai, caught my eye. Familiar yet strange, the collection exhibited as The Parliament in London but called Dying to be Men at the Goodman Gallery exhibition in South Africa, is a satirical representation of a fictional African president and his cabinet.
The images marry African stereotypes of greed, voilence, superstition and corruption with the flamboyance of hip hop culture; all set against an opulent wallpaper background – another nod to the popular tradition of the staged portrait across much of Africa.
The above images are of the minister of enterprise and the minister of finance.
Figures and Fictions – Contemporary South African Photography, is showing at the V&A until 17 July 2011