Call for applications

YaPhoto: Digital Africa (Tokyo)

YaPhoto, Cameroon
Deadline: 29 July 2017

Edem Dotse and SUTRA, still from Waves/The Water (2017), video, 5’26”. Courtesy the artists.

Edem Dotse and SUTRA, still from Waves/The Water (2017), video, 5’26”. Courtesy the artists.

After launching in London last May, Digital Africa, YaPhoto’s programme of video art, continues with a new screening in Tokyo.

Organised in collaboration with Arakawa Africa, OGU MAG and the Making Histories Visibleproject, Digital Africa (Tokyo) is part of YaPhoto@Arakawa Africa, a 3-day event held at OGU MAG from 10 to 12 August, with talks, slideshows, screenings and an exhibition focusing on photography and video art from Cameroon and Africa. This programme is a pre-event to Arakawa Africa, an annual art project bridging the African presence in Tokyo’s Arakawa ward with cultures from the continent.

For this Japanese edition, YaPhoto is inviting artists from Africa and the Diaspora to submit video pieces focusing on aesthetic forms, sound and experimental editing, translating visual cultures and experiences, as well as collective or personal narratives, beyond the language barrier.

Interested artists can send between 1 and 3 videos, no longer than 20 minutes each, preferably via vimeo or youtube link, or in avi, mov, mpeg, mp4 files. Additional information must be emailed along the video link or file in Word format.

This should include:

•Name of author

•Title of work, date, format, length

•Technical specifications

•A short biography and statement on the submitted piece/s (both 250 to 500 words) in English or French.

Submissions should be sent to, please indicate in the subject line “Open Call Tokyo“.

Deadline: Saturday 29 July 2017.


About the organisers:

YaPhotoYaounde Photo Network is an independent photography platform co-founded by curators Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi. Launched in September 2016, it consists of a website, workshops, and a programme of events focusing on lens-based art practices (photography and video art) in Cameroon and internationally.

OGU MAG is a gallery space founded in May 2010, located in Arakawa ward, Tokyo, an area where craftsmen still live and work. The space exhibits diverse artworks, from traditional crafts by regional craftsmen to contemporary art. It also holds workshops and lectures, and aims to develop as a place of reflection and interaction between the arts and the local area. (Japanese) (English)

Making Histories Visible is an interdisciplinary visual art research project based at the Centre for Contemporary Art (School of Art, Design and Fashion), University of Central Lancashire. The project is led by Turner Prize 2017 nominee Lubaina Himid MBE, Professor of Contemporary Art, supported by Christine Eyene, Research Fellow in Contemporary Art.

Arakawa Africa is a comprehensive annual art event started in 2010 in Arakawa ward, Tokyo. It consists of exhibitions, residencies, artist talks and more. Arakawa Africa aims to highlight the African presence in Arakawa through art and create cross-cultural exchanges.


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