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. 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 never needs answering. Konadu considers the portrait as always shifting. He offers visitors a chance to think about the space, context and meaning of the image. 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 Nigerian Canadian artist and curator, originally from Regina (Treaty 4 lands). She holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. Ikiriko teaches photography at Ryerson University and is Curator of Collections and Contemporary at the Art Gallery of York University.
Luther Konadu, Figure as Index, C-print, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.