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COEXISTENCE 50  On a trip to Cameroon, Pascale Marthine Tayou took some costumes and masks that were unknown in the area. He gave them to some children in a village, who quickly began to play with them, while Tayou documented the events. Later he also asked the adults to put on the masks. COEXISTENCE PERSPECTIVE: The photographs from the event present a kind of hybrid of two conflicting worlds that are brought together in a paradoxical image. This is a world upside-down, a carnival where the poor can be rich and children from the countryside in Cameroon dress up as if in a world of Western affluence. Pascale Marthine Tayou / Cameroon: L’Ecole des Clowns, 2009 Photograph on wood Courtesy of the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing /  Les Moulins South Africa is a country with a turbulent history typified by the struggle for freedom of various groups. Red Location was the first occupied black township in Port Elizabeth. The name comes from a number of corrugated iron barracks that have rusted on the outside so they appear with a deep red colour. The place became a battleground during the apartheid years. Many prominent political and cultural leaders were either born or have lived in Red Location. Red Location Museum consists of a series of 12 rusty silo-like containers with different memories of struggles in South Africa. The containers were inspired by the boxes the migrant workers used as storage places for their possessions when they were separated from their families in the countryside. COEXISTENCE PERSPECTIVE: Red Location Museum is an image of the widespread efforts to be reconciled with the past, a past that still leaves a trail of social challenges behind it in South Africa. Noero Wolff Architects / South Africa, Red Location Museum, Port Elizabeth, 2005 A historic gathering of over 50 African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold. Mr Liu is one of thousands of Chinese entrepreneurs who have settled across the continent in search of new opportunities. He has just bought his fourth farm and business is booming. In northern Zambia, Mr Li, a project manager for a multinational Chinese company is upgrading Zambia’s longest road. Through the intimate portrayal of these characters, the expanding footprint of a rising global power is laid bare – pointing to a radically different future, not just for Africa, but also for the world. COEXISTENCE PERSPECTIVE: The Chinese presence in Africa is omnipresent and the locals are forced to make the best of the situation. In a series of key scenes in the film we witness the dialogue between the foreign Chinese and the local Zambians challenging tolerance and conditions of coexistence. Mark and Nick Francis, Speakit Films /  England: When China Met Africa, 2010


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