Jennifer Bajorek traces the relationship between photography and decolonial political imagination in Francophone West Africa in the years leading up to and following independence from French colonial rule in 1960.
“With intimate ethnography, urgent activism, and an intriguing mix of methodological and theoretical tools, Jennifer Bajorek presents a compelling set of arguments about photography's critical role in producing new publics with their own forms of political imagination and civic consciousness. Her book is an absolute pleasure to read and leaves readers with tantalizing possibilities for future scholarship in other sites at the reaches of the French colonial sphere.” Elizabeth Harney, co-editor of Mapping Modernisms: art, indigeneity, colonialism
Jennifer Bajorek is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Visual Studies at Hampshire College and Research Associate in the VIAD Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design, and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of Counterfeit Capital: poetic labor and revolutionary irony.