How to Write a Visual History of Liberation explores the relationship between photography and political imagination in four west African cities in the years immediately leading up to and following Independence from French colonial rule (1960). Drawing on formal interpretation of images and extensive photographer interviews, it examines the ways the photographic medium came to shape public space, political consciousness, and forms of imagination specific to liberation in urban west Africa in this period.
Jennifer Bajorek writes about literature, philosophical aesthetics, and photography. Her publications include a book on Baudelaire, Marx, and Benjamin, Counterfeit Capital (Stanford, 2009); translations of Sarah Kofman, Bernard Stiegler, and Jacques Derrida; and essays in Critical Inquiry, Diacritics, Autograph ABP, and History of Photography. In 2010-2011, she was Lead Curator of Contemporary Africa on Screen (C.A.O.S.) at the South London Gallery. She has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, Goldsmiths, Cornell, and Rutgers and is currently a Research Associate of the VIAD Research Centre, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg.