NOT AT HOME

Triptych, 53” x 40” ea., inkjet prints, 2005.

The photographers, Bernd and Hilla Becher, armed with a formalist grid, go on a Kenyan safari to look for authentic Africans in their native habitats. They find the habitats, but not the natives, who are either absent or hiding behind closed and unwelcoming gates. They also find that authenticity is performed specifically for the camera. No one’s home, neither the native nor the tourist.