Picturing the Present

After a promising pilot edition held in November 2016, YaPhoto is now developing a number of international collaborations that will culminate in a programme of events in Yaounde in November 2017.

Themed Picturing the Present, YaPhoto 2017 seeks to examine the local photographic gaze, question image-making processes and address the gaps between society and visual representation. This edition also intends to create a dialogue between local practitioners and African and Diaspora photographers/video artists whose work explore both personal and collective narratives in an aesthetic and experimental approach.

Programmed in 3 phases, with events in London (May 2017) then Yaounde  (July and November 2017), YaPhoto 2017 launched its video art component in London with an evening of video projections. Digital Africa, the London screening held in May 2017 in collaboration with Open Source and Vortex, featured Paolo Azevedo (Angola), Bruna Cafurica (UK/Sweden), Tamara Dawit (Canada), Edem Dotse (Ghana) & SUTRA (UK), Megan-Leigh Heilig (South Africa), Onyeka Igwe (UK), Wilfried Nakeu (Cameroon), Danielle WaKyengo O’Neill (South Africa), Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda (Rwanda), Amine Oulmakki (Morocco) and Breeze Yoko (South Africa).
The selected whose work focus on cultural heritage, gender, identity, history and activism, as well as aesthetics, visual narratives, sound and music.  and how these are conveyed in moving images.

The Yaounde screening scheduled next November during YaPhoto 2017 will also include Mounir Allaoui (France), Yvon Ngassam (Cameroon) and Saïd Raïs (Morocco). In addition to the photography exhibition planned in Yaounde, YaPhoto will hold a workshop/seminar with local photographers and art writers, portfolio reviews, slideshows, and a debate on the state of photography and lens-based art practices in Cameroon and internationally.

The full programme of events will be announced end of June 2017.


Image courtesy: Yvon Ngassam.