Luther Konadu: Camerawork

Luther Konadu, Camerawork, 2020. cprint

Luther Konadu positions his work as one continuous documentary project centring on the way objective visual documentation ostensibly formulates public perception surrounding collective identities and historic record. Photography, with its attendant history, continues to be an evidential entity used to profile, classify, surveil, speculate, and “understand” various subjectivities and communities. Though this is not exclusive to black subjectivities, this is where Konadu’s work departs. As an image-maker, Konadu is interested in working around the legacies of documentary photography to create an alternate past that imagines a different future of self.

 

The photographic works exhibited in Camerawork give language to and emphasize the very making of the photographic medium’s illusory surfaces. That is, how the photograph, a seamless affect as a perfect match with reality, comes to be. Camerawork is on one end self-referential in that it makes explicit the materiality of the photograph, process, structure, and apparatus. It insists on a different reality outside the artifice of the image. On the other end, the exhibition brings into focus how the mere presence of the camera incites performance and controls a visual narrative that either underplays, accentuates, or frames a larger reality.

 

We are pleased to launch a free digital publication on Luther Konadu’s art practice, featuring a critical essay by Nasrin Himada and an interview between the artist and Aaron Moore. Gesturing towards the processual, Konadu’s photographic prints and installations focus on photography as subject, particularly in relation to portraiture and its complex histories. 

 

Camerawork, Konadu’s planned solo exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc., was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This publication unpacks his continuous and prolific body of work—exhibited or not. 

 

Click here to access the publication as a PDF. 

(PDF, 16 pages, full colour)

  • Nasrin Himada is curator at Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art. They live and work on Treaty 1 Territory.

  • Luther Konadu is an artist and writer of Ghanaian parentage. He runs Public Parking, an online publication for critical thought and tangential conversations. His studio activities are project-based and realized through photographic print media that opens up towards sculptural gestures. He recognizes the legacies associated with the medium of photography as an interpretive site for generating new conventions and expanding fixed narratives therein. Konadu currently lives and works on Treaty One Territory (Winnipeg, Manitoba): the stolen lands of Anishinaabe, Métis, Cree, Dakota, and Oji-Cree Nations.

  • Aaron Moore is a Northern Irish artist currently based in Tkaronto, Canada. They have an interdisciplinary art practice and also work as an art installer, events producer, film programmer, curator and barista. They graduated from OCAD University in 2017 and currently work at Images Festival.

Co-presented with

  • Hamilton Artists' Inc.
  • Ontario Arts Council
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Hamilton
  • Incite Foundation for the Arts
  • Hamilton Community Foundation