Whether you view it from behind or in front, culture, a place, a site all of which, at first glance, are seemingly timeless, turn out to be not timeless at all.

Cultures can be represented as being, literally, in the past, as not having entered into modernity. The so-called developing world is represented as being several steps behind the developed world and therefore as eagerly awaiting participation in the present. So, in terms of the management of time, African culture is portrayed as being located in the past – an anthropological object locked in the amber of another’s gaze.

Jeff Derksen, Whose Images