Structures of Identity shows how photographers from different periods and diverse cultures have used the power of the portrait to confirm or indeed critically investigate stereotypical ideas about gender, race, status and nationality. The exhibition focuses on the relationship between self-image and social identity as captured by means of photography. Iconic works by photographers including August Sander, Richard Avedon and J.D. Ojeikere are combined with the work of contemporary photographers like Yto Barrada, Samuel Fosso, Zanele Muholi and Guy Tillim. There are also remarkable historical photos by unknown photographers.
Installation shot, 2018 © Christian van der Kooy
ABOUT THE WALTHER COLLECTION
The Walther Collection is an art foundation dedicated to the critical understanding of historical and contemporary photography and related media. Through a programme of international exhibitions, in-depth collections, original research, and scholarly publications, The Walther Collection aims to highlight the social uses of photography and to expand the history of the medium.
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The exhibition is a collaboration between The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm (Germany) and New York (US), and Foam.
Foam is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, Gemeente Amsterdam, Olympus and the VandenEnde Foundation.
Structures of Identity