Thames & Hudson Presents: The African Gaze – Photography, Cinema and Power

Friday 17 May 2024
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Screening Room

Writer, independent researcher, and collector-archivist Amy Sall in discussion with Aliyah Hasinah about African photography and cinema from the mid-20th century to contemporary.  As engagement with Black and African histories grows ever stronger, the major names of African photography, such as Malick Sidibé, Sanlé Sory and Seydou Keïta, have become highly collectible in the art market, while African cinema, pioneered by filmmakers such as Ousmane Sembène in 1960s Senegal, is now recognized for its creative innovation and storytelling. This talk will look at ways in which artistic expression in African photography and cinema are engendering discourses concerning identity, power and self-determination.

Ticket Price: Free with Photo London Ticket


Please note, tickets are free of charge to Photo London pass holders, and pre-registration is strongly advised to avoid disappointment. 



Amy Sall

Amy Sall is a writer, independent researcher, and collector-archivist based in New York. She is the founding editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, a pan-African, post-disciplinary platform exploring the artistic, cultural, and intellectual production of Africa and the diaspora across time and space. Amy holds a master’s degree in human rights studies from Columbia University. As a Part-time Lecturer at The New School, New York, she conceived and taught two courses, “The African Gaze: Visual Culture of Postcolonial Africa and the Social Imagination” and “Third Cinema & the Counter Narratives.” Her private collection, The Sall Collection, is an assemblage of studio and other vernacular photography, printed matter, and ephemera with a pan-African focus. Amy’s work and interests explore the theory and praxis of cultural sovereignty, cultural preservation, anti-/de-/post-coloniality, human rights, visual culture, and the archive.


Aliyah Hasinah

Aliyah Hasinah is a curator, documentary director and the founder of Black Curatorial. Black Curatorial is a curatorial studio and consultancy supporting and training Black curators globally in anti colonial epistemology, experimentation and aesthetics.
Aliyah is currently directing her first feature film on the colonial origins of the climate crisis in the Caribbean, and regularly consults for Art Fund, The National Maritime Museum & brands.