In Cameroon, A New Platform for Emerging Photographers
Podcast by AMET in conversation with Christine Eyene and Landry Mbassi
Max Mbakop, from the BMX series, 2016. Courtesy the artist and YaPhoto
By AMET 13. July 2017
YaPhoto (Yaounde Photo Network) is a new platform for photographers and lens-based artists in Cameroon. Launched in 2016 in Yaoundé by two Cameroonians, artist and curator Landry Mbassi and art historian and curator Christine Eyene, the platform spotlights emerging photographers and exhibits their work both locally and internationally, starting with Tokyo in August 2017. “The idea of YaPhoto is to show what photographers are doing in and outside of Cameroon, and to provide a space for photographers to talk about their work,” Eyene said.
Earlier this summer, AMET (Elsa M’bala) sat down with Eyene and Mbassi to hear about the story behind this dynamic new collaboration. Listen to their conversation below.
ChristineEyene, an art historian, critic, and curator, is a Research Fellow in Contemporary Art at University of Central Lancashire. LandryMbassi is a visual artist and curator based in Yaoundé. AMET (Elsa M’bala) is an artist, musician, and performer based in Berlin and Yaoundé.
This feature is part of a series produced in collaboration with Aperture magazine, coinciding with Aperture’s summer 2017 issue, “Platform Africa.”