So I think of myself as a socially awkward person!Not that I'm that horrible or anything!I'm just not like many other people and thus, i think I'm awkward! this is my world of social awkwardness..hehe :D
Philippe Koudjina’s joyful photographs of post-independence Niger are a marked contrast to the photographer’s impoverished reality 50 years on. The documentary ”Photo Souvenir" (which you can watch in full) explores the material legacies of colonialism, and offers a rare glimpse at one of Niger’s great artistic talents.
Due to glaucoma and poverty Koudjina can no longer see to take photos nor afford the equipment to make them. And since being hit by a car he’s had to use crutches to get around.
The film follows French photo collectors (including Jean Pigozzi who brought Malick Sidibe’s work into the Western art market) attempting to organize an exhibition of Koudjina’s work in Paris, and reveals the fickle cultural process by which one-time “photo souvenirs” become “photographic art,” raising questions about where and on what terms an artistic reputation is made.
"In order to halt foreign interference in the affairs of developing countries it is necessary to study, understand, expose and actively combat neo-colonialism in whatever guise it may appear. For the methods of neo-colonialists are subtle and varied. They operate not only in the economic field, but also in the political, religious, ideological and cultural spheres.
Faced with the militant peoples of the ex-colonial territories in Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, imperialism simply switches tactics. Without a qualm it dispenses with its flags, and even with certain of its more hated expatriate officials. This means, so it claims, that it is ‘giving’ independence to its former subjects, to be followed by ‘aid’ for their development. Under cover of such phrases, however, it devises innumerable ways to accomplish objectives formerly achieved by naked colonialism. It is this sum total of these modern attempts to perpetuate colonialism while at the same time talking about ‘freedom’, which has come to be known as neo-colonialism.”
~ Kwame Nkrumah , Neo-Colonialism, the Last Stage of Imperialism 1965
When I’m in all these classes and Nkrumah gets almost no credit for his accurate prophesies and visions, I get agitated. The dude invented the term!