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Aperture Members Celebrate the Launch of “Platform Africa”


Guests attend the launch of “Platform Africa.” Photo by Will Matsuda


Aperture managing editor Brendan Wattenberg introduces members to “Platform Africa.” Photo by Katie Booth


Helen Jennings, editorial director and cofounder of Nataal Media gives members a tour of Nataal: New African Photography II at Redhook Labs. Photo by Katie Booth


Kwami Coleman. Photo by Will Matsuda


Guests attend the launch of “Platform Africa.” Photo by Will Matsuda


Nikki A. Greene, Monique Long, and Christina Knight. Photo by Will Matsuda


John Gordon Gauld, Chloe Heins, and Quin Heins. Photo by Will Matsuda

On Saturday, May 6, Aperture celebrated the launch of the summer 2017 issue of Aperture magazine, “Platform Africa.” In advance of the launch party at Pioneer Works, Aperture Members at the Connect level and up were invited to participate in a tour of exhibitions at Red Hook Labs and the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, both in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The tour began at Red Hook Labs with a walkthrough of Malick Sidibé: The Eye of Modern Mali with curator Philippe Boutté of the Paris gallery MAGNIN-A. Helen Jennings, editorial director and cofounder of Nataal Media, together with featured artists Kyle Weeks and William Ukoh, then led the group through Nataal: New African Photography II, a survey of nine young photographers working in fashion, video, and performance. At the 1:54 fair, Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor of Aperture magazine, introduced the group to Afronova, a Johannesburg gallery showing works by photographers Phumzile Khanyile and Jodi Bieber. Coinciding with the launch of “Platform Africa,” which will be released on June 6, Aperture presented a series of limited-edition prints by artists featured in the issue, including Malala Andrialavidrazana, who visited New York for the event and spoke to Aperture’s group about her recent photomontages of antique African maps and currency. As the sun set, guests danced in the courtyard to music by Kwami Coleman and sipped wines by Ziobaffa.

Special thanks to: Red Hook Labs, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Pioneer Works, Ziobaffa, and all who participated.

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