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Photo of the Week: Atong Atem

Photo of the Week - 25.03.16

Our photo of the week is by Atong Atem, a South Sudanese photographer based in Melbourne, who recently won the First Prize of the Photo Competition organised by the Alliance Francaise Tell me Ten Words... in French to celebrate the French language week ('Francophonie').

Congratulations Atong for a powerful image that draws on the codes of West African studio portraiture and explores colonialism, blackness and cultural identity with a unique visual intensity.

ACP Curator Claire Monneraye was one of the judges for the competition.

Atong Atem's website

Interview with the artist

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Image: Paanda, 2015. Courtesy and © the artist