Talks / Workshops

Invisible Borders Workshop at Bamako Encounters 2019

Bamako, Mali
Deadline: 05 November 2019

Invisible Borders Workshop at Bamako Encounters 2019

On the occasion of the 12th Bamako Photography Encounters in Mali, Invisible Borders Trans-African Project, as part of its presence in the Festival, will be organising a Masterclass facilitated by Emeka Okereke from 21 – 29 November 2019.

This Masterclass follows in the tradition of the Invisible Borders educational programs aimed at bringing together photographers, writers and filmmakers from Africa to work together in an interdisciplinary framework. The masterclass will draw from the archive but also positions articulated through the Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip project to deliberate on the potency of photography, literature and film in the articulation of African narratives and realities.  How can we better mobilise these mediums – and their power to intersect and reference one another – in the re-imagination of imagery and the poetry of living.

Furthermore, we shall make needful references to history as a way of understanding the present.  Thus, this masterclass is firmly situated within ongoing attempts to make something out of that ever-volatile negotiation between the past and the present.


Eligible participants:

Photographers, writers and filmmakers from Africa/Diaspora or anyone who has lived and done substantial work (within the mentioned disciplines) related to the African continent/its diaspora.
Date: 21st – 29th November 2019.
Venue: Bamako, Mali.


Participants are responsible for covering all cost related to their presence and participation in the masterclass.

Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation is available to coordinate and supply applicants with relevant documents to seek funding/visas for their participation.

Participants are expected to arrive/be in Bamako by 20th of November, 2019.



Photographers: Send portfolio of at least 12 images as one PDF file. (Images must be in good resolution)

Writers: Send samples/excerpts of three different essays or short stories. Each sample should be no longer than 1,500 words.

Filmmakers: Send YouTube or Vimeo links indicating at most a 5 minutes excerpt of at least 2 films.

All participants:

In addition to the above, send the following:

– Motivation letter (not longer than 500 words)
– CV and short bio (not longer than 350 words)
– Copy of Data page of International passport

Send all of this in on ZIP FOLDER to

Use the following format for naming your zip folder: Name_Lastname_IB_Bamako2019 (e.g Mohammed_Ndaiye_IB_Bamako2019)
Applications are accepted in English, French and Portuguese.



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