Joana Choumali Named 2020 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, Harvard University, is pleased to announce the selection of the 2020 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. Following an international search, the Gardner Fellowship committee awarded the fellowship to photographer Joana Choumali. The fellowship provides a $50,000 stipend to begin or complete a proposed project followed by the publication of a book. Choumali (1974– ), a visual artist and photographer born and based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (formerly called the Ivory Coast), will use the fellowship to create Yougou-Yougou (Secondhand Clothing), a photographic and mixed-media project exploring how imported western clothing affects community identity and exposes inequalities created by colonial legacies, transnational trade, and global power relations. 

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mixed media photograph and illustration of people looking across body of water to skyscrapers in the distance

AS THE WIND WHISPERS, Series ALBAHIAN,  80 x80 cm ©Joana Choumali, 2019