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A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography

Aida Muluneh Water Life Series, Star Shine, Moon Glow 2018 commissioned by WaterAid and supported by the H&M Foundation © Aida Muluneh

A celebration of the varied landscape of contemporary African photography today

Bringing together a group of artists from different generations, this exhibition will address how photography, film, audio, and more have been used to reimagine Africa’s diverse cultures and historical narratives.

Moving beyond a traditional photography exhibition, the show seeks to explore the many ways images travel across histories and geographies. Using themes of spirituality, identity, urbanism and climate emergency, the exhibition will guide the viewer through dream-like utopias and bustling cityscapes viewed from the artists’ perspectives.

The exhibition follows artists across the many landscapes, borders and time zones of Africa to reveal how photography allows the past and the future to co-exist in powerful and transformative ways.

Read, rest and reflect in our free space Common Ground before or after the exhibition.

Tate Modern

London SE1 9TG
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6 July 2023 – 14 January 2024

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Supported by

The World in Common Exhibition Supporters Circle

Tate Americas Foundation

Tate International Council

Tate Patrons

and Tate Members


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    Read about Ruth Ossai's Portraits of a Community for A World in Common which shines a light on the African diaspora in London.