Launched in 2010, LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria.
In a month long programme, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screenings, and large scale outdoor prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa. LagosPhoto aims to establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite local and international artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa.
The festival presents and educates about photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programmes. LagosPhoto presents a contemporary and historical visual essay of the continent to both a local and global audience.
LagosPhoto 2013 will represent two dominant modes of photographic expression under the theme The Megacity and the Non-City, 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 centres in Africa and the influences of technology, the Internet, and the digital revolution, and examines how they have transformed photography and our sense of place in a globally connected world. While these two domains of photography are at once complementary, they also speak to very different readings and functions of photography. As “The Megacity” presents a photojournalistic perspective that documents the 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 features the best of photojournalism worldwide, will bring its annual exhibition to Lagos to be showcased alongside the festival. LagosPhoto Foundation has signed a three-year contract to bring the World Press Photo exhibition to Lagos, expanding the conceptual scope of the festival to include the global discourse of photojournalism and current events worldwide. The World Press Photo exhibition
will open on October 18, 2013 at the Eko Hotel & Suites.
LagosPhoto 2013 Planned Activities:
LagosPhoto Foundation Fundraiser
July 13, 2013 at 8 PM
Lantana Hall, Eko Hotel & Suites, Ademola Adetokunbo, Victoria Island, Lagos.
For information on purchasing tickets, please contact:
Evelyn Aluede at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sijuade Sanni at email@example.com
World Press Photo Opening Exhibition
October 18 – November 7, 2013
Escalator Entrance, Eko Hotel & Suites, Ademola Adetokunbo, Victoria Island, Lagos.
LagosPhoto Festival Grand Opening Exhibition
October 26 – November 16, 2013
Art21, Eko Hotel & Suites, Ademola Adetokunbo, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Additional select venues throughout the city with receptions during the Opening Week.
Etisalat Photography Competition
In its bid to nurture and develop emerging photographic talent in Nigeria, Etisalat and LagosPhoto 2013 present the Etisalat Photography Competition themed The Megacity, where interested emerging photographers are required to capture the city of Lagos in their own unique visual language. Entries are now being received at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call for Entries Open – July 5, 2013
Call for Entries Deadline – August 31, 2013LagosPhoto Mobile App
Photo Credit: NICK HAGEN