Charif Benhelima’s First Exhibition in Berlin Opens at Galerie Michael Janssen


BERLIN.- Galerie Michael Janssen presents for the first time Belgian photographer Charif Benhelima with the exhibition Harlem on my Mind: I was, I am. Long before Harlem became one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the real estate market of Manhattan, it was a metaphor for African American culture at its richest. Benhelima’s passion for Jazz as well as his desire to experience African American culture at its source prompted him to move to Harlem, where he lived and worked from 1999 to 2003, undertaking the difficult task of photographing a place that was only known to him through legend and through its music. The title of the project is a reference to the controversial exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in 1969. The black and white and red photographic series