By JAPHET ALAKAM-PHOTOGRAPHY
LagosPhoto festival has come of age, the annual photo festival which brings both the local and international photographers together to tell African stories has within its short stay discovered many budding talents, which ordinarily would not have been noticed. And in continuation of the discovery process, the organisers, LagosPhoto Foundation officially opened the 7th edition yesterday at Eko Hotes and Suites, Lagos.
Currently in its seventh edition, Lagos Photo is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria. LagosPhoto 2016 with the theme,Rituals and Performance which is expected to run from October 22 – November 21 will feature thirty photographers spanning seventeen countries.
In a month long programme, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screening, and large scale outdoor installations in congested public spaces in Lagos.
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. It also 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.
LagosPhoto 2016, officially opened to the public on October 22nd, 2016 at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues in arts and cultural spaces throughout the city extend to Omenka Gallery, Africans Artists’ Foundation, Center for Contemporary’ Art Lagos, Goethe-Institut, A White Space, Red Door Gallery. Outdoor exhibitions in public spaces in Lagos include Muri Okunola Park, Falomo Roundabout (lkovi), Beko Ransome Kuti Park (Anthony), Awojobi Park (Onike), Freedom Park, MKO Abiola Park (Ikeja), and Dolphin Park (lkovi),
Speaking about the theme during the press briefing , Maria Ria Bernardoni, Curator of International Project, LagosPhoto said, “The act of posing as a repetitive act that constructs an image or images which morph into an idea or identity is an act of courage for both the subject and photographer. The concept of the ‘decisive moment’ is a gamble in the sense that other constructs are neglected in its determination.
“LagosPhoto 2016 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.”
LagosPhoto is proudly sponsored by the Eko Hotel & Suites and Etisalat, with Support by Canon, LASPARK, Lagos State Ministry of Tourism and Culture, KLMI Air France, Romarong, Pixers, Pernod Ricard Nigeria, Goethe Institut. LagosPhoto is additionally supported by the Ford Foundation.