Stan Douglas. A Luta Continua, 1974. 2012

Stan Douglas A Luta Continua, 1974 2012

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A Luta Continua is part of the series Disco Angola, in which Douglas assumed the role of photojournalist chronicling both the civil war in Angola and the burgeoning underground disco scene of the early 1970s in New York. Using actors and reconstructed sets, the artist draws connections between anti-establishment music and the revolutionary impulse. Evolving out of funk and soul, disco was at its inception an underground phenomenon. Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango is credited for writing the first disco hit, the song “Soul Makossa” (1972), and the movement as a whole took much of its inspiration from the African continent. Adopting the rhetoric of reportage while carefully composing the scenes in the present, the artist explores the idea of historical reconstruction.

Gallery label from XL: 19 New Acquisitions in Photography, May 10, 2013–January 6, 2014.
Medium
Inkjet print
Dimensions
47 1/2 × 71 1/4" (120.7 × 181 cm)
Credit
Acquired through the generosity of the Photography Council and the Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art
Object number
1199.2012
Copyright
© 2021 Stan Douglas
Department
Photography

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