Shifting Narratives: A Pan African Contemporary Photography Exhibition

1 Mar - 3 Apr 2022

The images ask of us, the viewer, to imagine a world that is beyond the context of hardship, bidding us to extend the potential of the image into our world where, in the words of Azoulay, “photography is an event [that] is never over”, and which “can only be suspended, caught in the anticipation of the next encounter”. And the next encounter could be, if we choose, within the realm of joy and care and love

The Photography Legacy Project and The Melrose Gallery present ‘Shifting Narratives’, an exciting group exhibition of photographic works created by more than 40 photographers from across the African continent.


Presented online on this viewing room, ‘Shifting Narratives’, will run from 1 March to 3 April and will follow on from the well-received inaugural PLP auction last year which generated substantial funding to support their efforts to archive important photographic works from the Continent of Africa.


The exhibition brings together an exciting diversity of subject matter ranging from social and physical landscapes to private interiors to gender-based issues and surfing culture. This body of photographs reflects the ingenuity and commitment of African photographers who continue to practice their craft despite extreme challenges.