352 pages, 188 images
Hardback / Clothbound
24 x 28 cm
Edited by Okwui Enwezor, featuring contributions from Quentin Bajac, Yves Chatap, Elvira Dyangani Ose, Chika Okeke-Agulu, Oluremi C. Onabanjo, Jean Marc Patras, Terry Smith, Claire Staebler, James Merle Thomas, and Artur Walther, as well as an in-depth conversation between Samuel Fosso and Okwui Enwezor.
"Autoportrait is the first comprehensive survey of self-portraits by Samuel Fosso, one of the most significant African photographic artists working today. Since the mid-1970's, Fosso has focused on self-portraiture and performance, envisioning variations of identity in the postcolonial era. Spanning his early black-and-white self-portraits through to his most recent, continually inventive exercises in self-presentation, highlights from his remarkable body of work include the vibrant and colorful series "Tati" (1997), in which Fosso playfully inhabits a range of African and African American characters and archetypes, and the magisterial "African Spirits" (2008), wherein he poses, with uncanny precision, as icons of the pan-African liberation and civil rights movements, such as Nelson Mandela and Angela Davis."
-From the Introduction