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Present Tense

Opening: 21 June, 10 pm

22 Jun 2013 – 1 Sep 2013

Main building - temporary exhibitions gallery, Floor 01

Admission 2 €

An exhibition with photographers from Southern Africa. Looking at the past, the photographs do not derive from a “constellation of ethnic groups or tribes”, to mention the thesis proposed by Elikia M’Bokolo, and this is an essential premise in the curatorship of this exhibition entitled “Present Tense”. We are quite far removed from the photographs taken of black people who “officially […] were frequently depicted in the same visual language as the flora and fauna”, to quote Santu Mofokeng in “The Black Album Photo”. We are interested in showing and comparing the work of photographers who live or travel through a series of cities situated mainly in the Southern Africa region without there being anything to indicate any visual or cultural identity for the region. Regardless of the genres – portrait, landscape, document, photojournalism – these are photographs about the “Present Tense” that we want to show, and this concept of the “Present Tense” also includes the tension between languages, the choice of colour or black and white and the detail diverging from the panoramic view. With photographs by the photographers Délio Jasse, Dillon Marsh, Filipe Branquinho, Guy Tillim, Jo Ractliffe, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Mack Magagane, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Mauro Pinto, Paul Samuels, Pieter Hugo, Sabelo Mlangeni, Sammy Baloji and Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi.

António Pinto Ribeiro (curator)

“Present Tense” is a co-production of the Next Future Programme and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Delegation in France.

Kiluanji Kia Henda
© Kiluanji Kia Henda, "The Great Italian Nude", 2010.


António Pinto Ribeiro was born in Lisbon in 1956. He graduated in Philosophy at the Lisbon Classic University (1981) and got a Master degree in Communication Sciences at the Lisbon Universidade Nova (1995). He is a lecturer-professor at several universities. In parallel he collaborates regularly with magazines that specialize in Aesthetics, Theories of Arts and Cultures and Cultural programming. He was Culturgest's (Cultural Centre in Lisbon) Artistic Director between 1993 and 2004. He was also the Chief Curator of the “State of the World” cultural forum at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Lisbon. He has been Director of the Creativity and Artistic Creation Programme at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, and also Coordinator of the Distance and Proximity Gulbenkian Programme. Currently he is Chief curator of the Next Future Gulbenkian Programme, launched in 2009. He is the author of several publications: "Corpo a Corpo" (On the Possibility of Initiating an Analytical Discourse Towards the Arts of the Body); "Por exemplo a cadeira" (For example the chair); "Ser feliz é imoral?" (Is being happy immoral? - On culture, urban spaces and life, and on the distribution of the works of art); “Melancolia” (Melancholy); "Abrigos" (Shelters).