The exhibition, Particularly Tentative, explores Luther Konadu’s interest in portrait photography as it relates to personal and collective beliefs of identity. He considers making portraits as a way to reflect on ideas with no expected outcome or goal. Luther Konadu considers using images to depict people as a way to question our belief in photographs. Instead of a quick snap of a person’s likeness and presenting it as a portrait, the portrait is a question that is never answered. Konadu considers the portrait as always shifting. The subject can change its meaning with every viewing. Unlike photographs used as tools of facts, proof or for “knowing” something about those depicted, the people in Konadu’s images will always appear in parts, unspecific, and unsettled.
Luther Konadu is an emerging artist, writer, and editor of the online publication, Public Parking.
Liz Ikiriko is a biracial Nigerian Canadian photo editor, curator and artist born in Regina. Ikiriko has curated projects with The National Music Centre, Wedge Curatorial Projects, and at Prefix ICA. Ikiriko holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University.
Luther Konadu, Figure as Index, C-print, 2019. Photo: Courtesy of the artist.