Artist Conversation: Samuel Fosso

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Artist Conversation: Samuel Fosso

Thursday, December 15, 2022 @ 5:30 pm

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Art on Hulfish

The Nigerian-Cameroonian artist Samuel Fosso is arguably one of the most compelling photographers working in the genre of self-portraiture today. Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts is the first museum survey of his work in the United States. Samuel Fosso and Princeton Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, curator, artist, and director of Program in African Studies, discuss Fosso’s photography practice, life experience, and the different series presented in the exhibition. Reception to follow.

LATE THURSDAYS! Thursday evening programming is made possible in part by Heather and Paul G. Haaga Jr., Class of 1970. Additional support has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation. 

Samuel Fosso: Affirmative Acts is curated by Princeton University Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu with Princeton students Silma Berrada, Class of 2022; Lawrence Chamunorwa, doctoral student; Maia Julis, Class of 2023; and Iheanyi Onwuegbucha, doctoral student. Organized by the Princeton University Art Museum in collaboration with The Walther Collection.

Art on Hulfish is made possible by the leadership support of Annette Merle-Smith and by Princeton University. Generous support is also provided by William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; J. Bryan King, Class of 1993; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; John Diekman, Class of 1965, and Susan Diekman; Christopher E. Olofson, Class of 1992; Barbara and Gerald Essig; Rachelle Belfer Malkin, Class of 1986, and Anthony E. Malkin; the Curtis W. McGraw Foundation; Jim and Valerie McKinney; Tom Tuttle, Class of 1988, and Mila Tuttle; Nancy A. Nasher, Class of 1976, and David J. Haemisegger, Class of 1976; Gene Locks, Class of 1959, and Sueyun Locks; H. Vincent Poor, Graduate School Class of 1977; the Walther Family Foundation; and Palmer Square Management. Additional supporters include the Humanities Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Africa World Initiative, the Program in African Studies, the Department of African American Studies, and the Center for Collaborative History.

A medium skinned man holding large sunflowers seated in front of a colorful backdrop.
Samuel Fosso, Tati—Le Chef qui a vendu l’Afrique aux colons, 1997. The Walther Collection, New York / Neu-Ulm. © Samuel Fosso. Courtesy the artist; Jean Marc Patras, Paris; and The Walther Collection