Megacity & Non-City at LagosPhoto Festival 2013

Lagos Photo, Lagos, Nigeria
26 Oct 2013 - 24 Nov 2013

This year’s LagosPhoto will represent two dominant modes of photographic expression, that of the documentary tradition and the expanded realm of image-based practices incorporating conceptual and new media strategies.

The Megacity and the Non-City looks at both the development of urban centers in Africa and the influences of technology, the internet, and the digital revolution, and how they have transformed photography and our sense of place in a globally connected world. While these two domains of photography are at once complimentary, they also speak to very different readings and functions of photography. As The Megacity presents a photojournalistic perspective that documents that fast pace of change occurring in Africa today, The Non-City extends LagosPhoto’s focus to account for artistic practices that examine the mass circulation of images and the politics of representation. A new partnership with World Press Photo, a preeminent international competition and exhibition that showcases the best of photojournalism worldwide, will bring its annual exhibition to Lagos to be showcased alongside the festival.

INDOOR VENUES |Eko Hotel & Suites, Echo Art/Art Twenty-One, Nimbus Gallery, Omenka Gallery, A White Space, African Artists’ Foundation, Goethe Institute, and University of Lagos.

OUTDOOR EXHIBITIONS |Congested areas around the city of Lagos, including Freedom Park (Lagos Island), Falomo Roundabout (Ikoyi), University of Lagos (Yaba) and Ojota Park (Ikeja).



OCTOBER 26- NOVEMBER 16 .2013 | The Megacity & Non-City Exhibition at LagosPhoto Festival.

OCTOBER 17-NOVEMBER 9 .2013 | World Press Photo Exhibition
A new partnership with World Press Photo, a preeminent international competition and exhibition that showcases the best of photojournalism worldwide, will bring its annual exhibition to Lagos to be showcased alongside the LagosPhoto Festival. LagosPhoto 2013 will mark the first of a three-year partnership with World Press Photo.

The Maker: New Contemporaries is a platform for emerging photographers to present their portfolios via projections to a wide audience of curators, collectors, patrons, art critics, academics and the press. Each selected artist will be a recent graduate (up to 3 years) or final year student of Art, Design, Architecture, or any related or relevant course of study in a Nigerian tertiary institution. Participants will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present their portfolios via projections. Applicants without academic background who show strong conceptual depth will also be considered. There will be 7 participants for this session.

The AAF Art Salon is a platform for informal presentation, discussion, and debate of issues surrounding contemporary art practices in Nigeria. Taking place once a month, the AAF Art Salon will include film screenings, artist talks, portfolio reviews, and panel discussions, allowing artists and cultural practitioners to meet and exchange ideas. As a complimentary project to LagosPhoto Festival, the Art Salon will act as a forum for community interaction and serve to enrich AAF’s ongoing public programming initiatives.

The LagosPhoto Art Book Salon reflects one of LagosPhoto’s target projects in engaging the processes of art book design and publication. The Art Book Salon will highlight new publications that concentrate on photography in Africa. The venue will also host the exhibition for the FOTObook Project, a collaborative exchange program funded by the Mondriaan Fund, where emerging artists will participate in master workshops with leading Dutch designers and publishers. The workshops will lead to a self-published book project.

The LagosPhoto Workshop Program provides opportunities for emerging photographers to further their education in the many different facets of photography taught by leading international photographers. Past workshops have included beginning courses on camera operation, advanced lighting courses and digital postproduction courses, project workshops where photographers collaborate and produce work in the field, self-portraiture courses, and studio tutorials.

The LagosPhoto Portfolio Review is a staple of the annual festival, where participating photographers are available to give advice and feedback to emerging photographers. Each portfolio is reviewed individually by a distinguished group of 10-15 facilitators who are leading practitioners in their field.

The LagosPhoto Artist Presentation series provides an arena for participating photographers to discuss their practice and major themes in their bodies of work. Each year, the LagosPhoto Panel Discussions include topics that open up the festival to a broader discourse into photography in Africa and an international domain.

The Party in the Park is an opportunity for the public to engage with the outdoor exhibitions during the festival. The event includes a family picnic, exhibition tours, and musical performances, following LagosPhoto’s ongoing mission to reclaim public space.





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