Section 3: Pictures

There are uncountable pictures that try to represent “Africa” in a certain context.

When looking at those, consider the power of the person taking the photo. They chose the frame, they chose what to inclue and exlude, and the photographed people or situations easily become objects.

We are repeatedly confronted with photos showing “a hungry African child” or “war in Africa”. By now, it is hard for us to even imagine that people in Africa could have satisfying meals and live in peace.

Those photos make Africans victims, and we “Westerners” become the honourable and empowered helpers. These practices support hierarchical structures and power relations that originate in colonial ideologies. Often, holiday snapshots have the same character as colonial trophies.

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Section 03: Take-Aways

Section 03: Helpful Homework

Section 03: Language Checklist and Travel Diary Prompt