Lagos Photo Festival 2016 | Rituals and Performance: Inherent Risk

Lagos Photo Festival 2016 | Rituals and Performance: Inherent Risk

My recent, unforgettable and inspiring five-month journey into Africa led me to both the voodoo festival in Benin and the incredible Nigerian metropolis of Lagos. There, I could not miss the opportunity to visit AAF – African Artists’ Foundation. I passed a large part of my time there observing Azu Nwagbogu – founder and director – and Wunika Mukan – brand manager – working on the seventh edition of the Lagos Photo Festival, which opens to the public on October 22nd at Eko Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos.

What is Lagos Photo Festival? Lagos Photo is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long programme, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screening, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos.

Lagos Photo aims to provide a platform for the development and education of contemporary photography in Africa by establishing mentorships and cross-cultural collaborations with local and international artists.

It presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclaiming of public spaces. And this edition will feature thirty photographers spanning seventeen countries, including the work of Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi.

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Lorenzo Vitturi-the balogun particle (dal sito dell'artista, il pdf mandato da Wunika era di pessima qualita)

The Balogun Particle, Lorenzo Vitturi

Rituals and Performance: According to the curator’s statement, this year theme explores the role of acts of repetition that shape gender, image, identity, social agency, power and social constructs in contemporary society. The repetitive acts imbued with belief become coercive and normative. It shapes our general idea of what is true in determining an African image, gender, religion, beauty, social class and so forth. Michel Foucault’s (1980) conception on the transmissions and representations of power, not just in its ability to contain and control but in its ability to enable individuals to function within cultural roles and allows for alternative self-definitions and self-presentations. Contemporary visual representations directly affect the cultural meanings associated with image construction and interpretation.

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Kudzanai Chiurai - Genesis

Genesis, Kudzanai Chiurai

The main exhibition is at Eko Hotel & Suites, with outdoor exhibitions in surrounding public spaces and satellite exhibition venues. In arts and cultural spaces throughout the city. These extend  to Omenka  Gallery, African  Artists’ Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art Lagos, Goethe-Institut, A White Space, Red Door Gallery. Miliki will host on October 23rd the film screening Andrew Dosunmu’s “Hot Irons”  [a documentary which offers a peek inside the world of haistylists by showcasing outstanding ways in which hair can be styled] then followed by a conversation with the well known Cameroonian artist Samuel Fosso and Nigerian-New York-based filmmaker Andrew Dosunmu.
griot-mag-lagos-photo-festivalFrom the works of Gideon Mendel which I had the chance to see in London at 1:54 Art Fair a couple of weeks ago, to photographs by talented artists such as David Uzochukwu, Ishola Akpo, Juno Calypso, Lakin Ogunbanwo, Jelili Atiku/ Tom Saater, Mario Macilau, Fati Abubakar and Kudzanai Chiurai and others.

Here a preview selection of  what will see during the festival.

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Gideon Mendel - Drowining World

Drowining World, Gideon Mendel

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Sanne De Wilde - The Island of the Colorblind

The Island of the Colorblind, by Sanne De Wilde

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Eric Gyamfi - Adjuration

Adjuration, by Eric Gyamfi

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-David Uzochukwu - Giving Way

Giving Way, by David Uzochukwu

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Fati Abubakar -One of the vintage car of the Emir of Kano

One of the vintage car of the Emir of Kano, by Fati Abubakar

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Tsoku Maela - Broken Things - Eye of the beholder

Broken Things, Eye of the beholder, by Tsoku Maela

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Juno Calypso - - Joyce - The Honeymoon

Joyce, The Honeymoon, Juno Calypso

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Pep Bonet - Hellbangers - Botswana's underground heavy metal culture

Hellbangers – Botswana’s underground heavy metal culture, Pep Bonet

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Mario Macilau - Breaking News.

Breaking News, Profit Corner, by Mario Macilau

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival-Benedicte Vanderreydt - I Never Told Anyone

I Never Told Anyone, by Benedicte Vanderreydt

griot-mag-Lagos-Photo-Festival- -Ishola Akpo - L'Essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux

L’Essentiel est Invisible pour les Yeux, by Ishola Akpo


Lagos Photo Festival
Rituals and Performance
October 22 – November 21
Eko  Hotel  &  Suites
Victoria  Island

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Featured Image | Lakin Ogunbawo | All images | Courtesy of Lagos Photo Festival

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Janine Gaelle

Janine Gaelle

I come, I see, I conquer, at least i try... I dropped my luggages 5 years ago in a city I fell in love with, this is how Florence became home to me. I'm a "multi-local", I think we belong to the places we live(d), home is where I feel, my head and my mind rested. Home is where I enrich myself with experiences, people, art and all kind of creativity, as far as I'm concerned, this is what travels are made for, to explore and be the person we decide to be.


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