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Culture Diaries; Lagos Photo Festival 2014


Lagos Photo Foundation presents it fifth edition of the annual Lagos Photo Festival kicking of this weekend October 25th to November 26th 2014. This years theme is entitled Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction.

Launched in 2010, the annual LagosPhoto Festival is the first and only international festival of photography in Nigeria. In a month long festival events include exhibitions, workshops, artist presentations, discussions, screenings and large outdoor exhibitions displayed around the city of Lagos.

Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction examines contemporary photographers working in Africa that toe the line between photography and truth, incorporating conceptual practices and performative strategies that expand traditional photographic approaches and techniques.

While photography has historically been positioned as a “window to the world”, with an immediate and tangible relationship to its subject matter, many contemporary artists working on the continent incorporate image-based strategies that move beyond the confines of the photojournalistic gaze and produce works that negotiate the complex social and political concerns that define a new Africa in the twenty-first century. They explore how the ubiquity of images plays a vital role in how reality is constructed and understood.

By incorporating genres such as staged narratives, performance, appropriation, self-portraiture, and still life, these artists push the temporal and spatial boundaries of the photographic medium. In doing so, Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction explores how we imagine different futures and charter fictive worlds, using photography as a catalyst to explore the changing realities of Africa.

Some exhibiting artists include Abraham Oghobase, Jenevieve Aken, Aisha Augie-Kuta, Sesu Tilley-Gyado and many more.

You can find out more about some of the venues and exhibiting artists at www.lagosphotofestival.com

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