The 4th edition of the YaPhoto festival will be held from March 12-31, 2020 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Placed under the theme of “(Des)Illusions” and curated by Yves Chatap, this fortnight of photography helps to give new impetus to the photographic practice in Cameroon.
YaPhoto was born out of the desire to foster the emergence of new aesthetics around the contemporary image in Cameroon and more particularly in the city of Yaoundé. YaPhoto strives to promote the creativity of the Cameroonian art scene by highlighting emerging photographers and videographers. Aware of the challenges of the image and the transformations prescribed by digital, the festival questions the aesthetic and cultural mutations of our societies influenced by the new forms of the image and its dissemination.
YaPhoto is also designed as a platform from which professionals and amateurs are invited to rethink the status of
the image and its exploitation in all its aspects.
YaPhoto Festival aims to perpetuate previous editions and support the visibility of this scene on a national and international scale. Under the curation of Christine Eyene, the first two pilot editions “What we see” (2016) and “Figuring the present” (2017) have boosted an inventory of artistic photography in Cameroon.
Yves Chatap is an exhibition curator, publisher and critic of living art between Paris and Yaoundé. Committed through international, institutional or experimental structures, his reflections emphasize the intersection of social and artistic use of the notions of intimacy, archives, identity, especially in the field of photography.
With Samuel Fosso, Fabrice Monteiro, Nabla L. Ouedraogo Georges Tankam, Ange Khayifa, Fatoumata Diabaté, Rija Solo, Tally Mbock, Sarah Dauphiné Tchouatcha, Lazlo Moholy Nagy, Sammy Baloji, Yasmina Benabderrahmane Dimitri Robert-Rimsky and Randa Maroufi.