By JAPHET ALAKAM
From October 24 – November 27, art lovers, especially those in the genre of photography will witness what could be described as a photo revolution as LagosPhoto Foundation present the sixth edition of the annual LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, entitled Designing Futures.
LagosPhoto which is a platform for artists to express themselves through lens is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria.
Addressing the press in Lagos, Wunika Mukan, Director of LagosPhoto Festival disclosed that 2015 will feature thirty-five photographers spanning eighteen countries in a month long programme of events that includes exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screening, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos.
LagosPhoto opens to the public on October 24th, 2015 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria and, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues in arts and cultural spaces throughout the city extend to Omenka Gallery, Africans Artists’ Foundation, Stranger Lagos, Goethe- Institut, Nimbus Gallery, Alara Concept Store, A White Space Gallery, Yaba Tech, Quintessence. Outdoor exhibitions in public spaces in Lagos include Muri Okunola Park, Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi), Awojobi Park (Onike), and Freedom Park.
Special projects & satellite exhibitions in conjunction with LagosPhoto include: Congo by Paolo Pellegrin and Alex Majoli at Art Twenty One ,World Press Photo 2015 POPCAP’15 , LagosPhoto Summer School , Etisalat Photography Competition: I Love Nigeria! ,LagosPhoto Mobile App, LagosPhoto award and a host of others.
LagosPhoto 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.
Also speaking at the event, Azu Nwobuogu , Director of AAF, said that for the past six years,the Lagos Photo festival have been creating a positive image about Africa. And this year many foreign press will be coming to the festival, pointing out reasons why it is important for Africans to take ownership of their own image. This to him is what LagosPhoto offers as it is a platform for artists to express themselves through lens.
Chief Marketing Officer of Etisalat Nigeria,Francesco Angeleno, said that Etisalat is committed to any innovation related to the development of creativity in Africa. He commended the organisers stated that as a foreigner, the festival has afforded him the opportunity to understand the culture of Africans.
Through our numerous collaborations, LagosPhoto continues to provide a platform for the improvement and progression of professional and emerging photographic talent in a comprehensive public programming initiative that includes work shops, artist presentations, and portfolio reviews facilitated by prominent local and international photographers.
LagosPhoto is proudly sponsored by the Eko Hotel & Suites and Etisalat, with partners World Press Photo. Supporters include Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Romarong, Pixers, Goethe Institut, Media sponsors; Hello Nigeria!, Brick Plus Magazine, Cool FM, Cool TV, Konbini and 54artistry. LagosPhoto is additionally supported by the Ford Foundation.