Identity and Africa: a theme, and a continent, where much is in motion. For "A New Gaze 2", the Vontobel Arts Commission invited 80 photographers who live and work in Africa to address issues of identity from their perspective. Winner of "A New Gaze 2" is the Ghanaian artist Kelvin Haizel (*1987, Accra). His project took him to the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean, whose main island, Mayotte, is the 101st département of France, and thus part of the European Union.

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Kelvin Haizel: Babysitting a Shark in a Coldroom – Comoros Encounters

Identity and Africa: a theme, and a continent, where much is in motion. For "A New Gaze 2", the Vontobel Arts Commission invited 80 photographers who live and work in Africa to address issues of identity from their perspective. Winner of "A New Gaze 2" is the Ghanaian artist Kelvin Haizel (*1987, Accra). His project took him to the Comoros archipelago in the Indian Ocean, whose main island, Mayotte, is the 101st département of France, and thus part of the European Union.

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A New Gaze 2

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Kelvin Haizel`s work “Babysitting a Shark in a Coldroom” takes us to the Comoros, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean which, while situated at the doorstep of Africa, simultaneously remains to this day – in part – an outpost of Europe.

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Process and jury

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With the support of 25 experts in contemporary African photography and art, we invited 80 photographers from different parts of Africa to submit a project proposal.

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Exhibition–Zurich

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The exhibition was shown in Zurich from 8 March to 5 April 2019. We would like to thank all partners involved.


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About Kelvin Haizel

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Kelvin Haizel was born in Ghana in 1987 and presently lives and works in the capital city, Accra. He is interested in the contemporary state of the image and expresses his ideas through video, photography and installations.

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