The SAASUM x St. Art photo exposition gave student photographers an opportunity to share their own representations of African innovation over the summer of 2015. After successfully gathering over 60 photographs with the hashtag #saasumexpo, SAASUM and St. Art have carefully curated a collection of images that will be displayed in the St. Art magazine and at the Wine and Cheese event on the 28th of October, 2015.
Wine and Cheese: Encounters Across Africa
in collaboration w/ st art magazine
Under the theme Encounters Across Africa: SHOW US WHAT THE MEDIA DOES NOT, we encouraged St Andrews students travelling to different African countries during the summer to submit photos of their encounters. Through this photographic installation, SAASUM aimed to showcase students’ encounters across Africa as an alternative lens to what is generally shown by the media. Photographs from Morocco, Sudan, Kenya, Ghana, Somaliland and the like were exhibited.
African Economic Prospects
IN COLLABORATION W/ global investment group
SAASUM and the Global Investment Group (GIG) introduced Professor Mthuli Ncube, former Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development bank Group. Professor Ncube shared his analysis regarding the current economic climate in Africa while Professor Ian Taylor, an authority on African politics at St Andrews, offered an intriguing rebuttal. SAASUM considers the real success of the evening to be the enthusiastic discussion heard among the many students exiting the theatre at the end of the night.
Creative Night: Translating African Art
IN COLLABORATION W/ Art Society
Art is an integral aspect of the thematic approach of SAASUM 2015. We encouraged students to create work that focused on African techniques and methods. In addition, SAASUM invited Dr Mattia Fumanti from the Social Anthropology department to talk about how different art traditions are perceived in contemporary times, their place in society, and how these have been represented in post-colonial art movements by some European artists, like Picasso
Photo by Emma Rebein.