Lagos photo festival on African identity

This year’s Lagos Photo Festival Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria brings together well-known photographers and their take on identity in Africa. The yearly “Festival” hopes to portray African photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical , and contemporary issues ; the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programs.

  It’s  theme  ”  Rituals and Performance, Inherent risk ”   takes a traditional dimension to the art , asking for display that depict the festival fetish allure  of Africa , it history and hidden culture . Officially opened on Saturday, October 22nd, it would run through to the end of November.

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Colin Delfosse ( Congo )

A take on the modern Congolese  national sport of Fetish-wrestling. Which skips freely between art and old world tradition , with the mystical ballet, bounded by the four ropes of the ring, representing  an unlikely blend of traditional dance and American sporty show business.



Eric Gyamfi  ( Ghana )

Eric calls into question the treatment of homosexuals in Ghana , and their bid to find a safe place in the society that sees them as abnormal.



Bubi canal ( Spain  )

Explore the nature of Africa around Africa as seen through traditional eyes ; of he locals and people of the mountains.  The height, colour , sheer size  and clouds



Tsoku Maela ( South Africa)

Tsoku calls into focus  the power of self-love. Wanting it to be viewed not as  instinctively conceal and impulsively improve on our flaws, but starting points to a much large meaning to life life.  Tsohu used a “masked” man and a “disfigured” woman as the centre piece of his lens story , painting their love story as a thing of beauty .



 Mario Macilau ( Mozambique )

Turn his lens on complicated rationale of the  Mozambican electronic boom. On one hand  is  “Hulene Dump”  an open-pit waste dump-site that has operated for thirty-five and has become a significant source of livelihood for various marginalised individuals with no other career perspectives  yet , a on the other causing a  great deal of environment degradation and  health risk.  Mario’s photos hope to ask the biting question; which do one support ; health or wealth ?


Lagos Photo aims to:

establish a community for contemporary photography which will unite artists through images that encapsulate individual experiences and identities from across all of Africa

Launched in 2010, Lagos Photo is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria.  A  month long program, events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, 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.


David Uzochukwu ( Nigeria )

David focused his theme around one of  Nigerian’s prominent authors , Chinua Achebe and his works”Things Fall Apart” and  “No Longer at Ease“. His pictures aim to pick at both novels portrayal of the  unsettling confusion and chaos of  the English colonialism of the Igbo clans people.




Kiluanji Kia Henda ( Rwanda )
Kia call to question the original ideal of the  early colonisers from the west , that Africa lack refined art. Strongly influence by the Moorish invaders of South Spain  , Kia hopes his photos would show the influence of Africa and Africans in the global cultural scenes.





I Trust You Know Oju-Ile . Nigerian Alaraagbo XI seek to appropriate processional ritual and body ontology in the street of Lagos.
Keyezua looks at fashion in her home country of Angola with this image, entitled Royal Generation, of a woman wearing fabric woven from raw materials.
Kenyan photographer Osborne Macharia imagines how retired businesswomen could look in a series called Nyanye – League of Extravagant Grannies.
Kudzanai Chiurai, who focuses on political and social conditions in Zimbabwe by trying to understand the psyche of what it is like to be colonised.

Photos courtesy of Lagos Photo Festival, which continues until 22 November 2016.




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