Wackerbarth & African Artists – A Gallery Of Mankind:

“The Red Couch - A Portrait of Africa“ will reflect the continent’s big issues through the biographies of each individual / protagonist with the aid of photography and videos.

The project will enable exchanges between the African and European continents and will create added value for society. It will initiate a dialogue between the cultures, generate identity and get rid of popular clichés. The Portrait will give Africa its authentic voice.


“The Red Couch - A Portrait of Africa“, selection of recent works

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Photographs, Videos and Interviews about The Red Couch - A Gallery of Mankind: "A Portrait of Africa"


When we think and talk about Africa we use stereotypes such as the “dark continent“, “miserable region“ or “commodity storehouse of the world“. The continent is judged from the viewpoint of the western development model. This has proved to be destructive worldwide.

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Wackerbarth collects people and fates. For almost four decades he has been touring the world with his Red Couch, which he places in the living environments of different people and then takes portraits of them on it. Young and old, rich and poor, famous and unknown, Nobel prize winners and the uneducated, in the icy wastes of Alaska and in the South American rain forest, in the European metropolises and in Siberian villages.

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