By Prisca Sam-Duru
The 9th edition of the LagosPhoto Festival shedulled to take-off from October 27th, 2018, will be featuring 22 photographers from over 18 countries.
And for the first time in the history of the Festival, four female curators will be overseeing the photography fiesta organised by the African Artists’ Foundation, AAF, to provide Africa a platform that enables her tell her own stories.
The curators were unveiled on Thursday during a press conference held at the AAF headquarters in Lagos.
Themed ‘Time Has Gone’, the four female curators; Eva Barois De Caevel, Wunika Mukan, Charlotte Langhorst and Valentine Umansky are investigating the diversity that time encompasses. Their curatorial discourse unearths the non-linearity of time and the complexity of our experience to memory.
The photograpgers during the month-long festival billed to take place between October 27th – November 15th 2018, will be exploring the “Configurations by which the past, the present and the future interact within the photographic medium. Time will be approached from different angles, highlighting matters of momentum, documentation and preservation, taking into consideration the intimacy of stories as well as the breadth of the concept itself.”
LagosPhoto which prides itself as the first international arts festival of photography in Nigeria will in this edition, feature exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screening as well as large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos.
The festival 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 thel reclaming of public spaces.
The 2018 theme will see each artist, investigating the practices of archiving, preservation, imagining the possibility of an Afro-based future, putting an end to a “time that is up” or the never-ending desire to reinterpret a past, laden with both nostalgia/or hidden phantoms.
LagosPhoto opens to the public on October 27th at the Federal Printing Press Building on Lagos Island, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues include, Omenka Gallery, African Artists’ Foundation, Gallery 16/16, Alliance Francis, h.Factor and (Yaba) while outdoor exhibitions in public spaces in Lagos include Ikorodu Park, Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi) and Freedom Park.
This year’s edition is made possible with sponsorship by the Mike Adenuga Centre, National Geographic, the US Consulate General, Lagos; British Council, Alliance Francaise, Institute
Francaise and Temple Management Company and support from a host of partners.