CO-FOUNDERS:

Christine YaPhoto

CHRISTINE EYENE is a UK-based art historian, critic and curator. She is the founder, designer and editor of YaPhoto – Yaounde Photo Network website.

Christine learnt photography with South African photographer George Hallett before studying History of Art at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne where she post-graduated in 1999. In 2012, after working for 10 years as an independent art writer and curator, she joined the University of Central Lancashire and works on Making Histories Visible, an interdisciplinary visual arts research project based at UCLan’s Centre for Contemporary Art, led by 2017 Turner Prize nominee Lubaina Himid.

As a curator, Christine has developed numerous exhibitions and has been involved in international photography projects including FORMAT International Photography Festival (2015), New Art Exchange, Nottingham; Summer of Photography, BOZAR, Brussels (2014); Gwanza Photography Festival, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare; 3rd Photoquai – Biennial of World Images, Paris (both 2011); and Brighton Photo Fringe (2010).
She was member of jury of FORMAT International Photography Festival 2017 Open Call, and a nominator for Prix Pictet and Hasselblad Award.

Find out more on Christine’s projects here: eye.on.art

 

Landry Mbassi

LANDRY MBASSI is a visual artist, curator and art critic based in Yaounde. As an artist, his practice focuses on photography, video, installation and new media. Since 2008, he has been one of the curators of RAVY (Rencontres d’Arts Visuels de Yaoundé), Yaounde’s visual art biennial.

Landry initiated the idea of the YaPhoto project and laises with Cameroon’s venues and partners. He is also a founding member of Collectif Kamera, a collective of young Cameroonian photographers set up in 2011 to promote photography as an art form in its own right. Through his first collective ATAC (Other Territories of Contemporary Art), created in 2010, he developed a militant action for new spaces of expression, creation, and the dissemination of contemporary art in Yaounde. He has organised several exhibitions by emerging visual artists at the French Institute (Institut Français du Cameroun – Yaoundé)  including: Rostand Pokam: L’esthétique de la Couleur (2012); Yvon Ngassam: Le temps du voyage (2013); and Antanasius Vershiyi: Me-n-tal symphony (2014).

In May 2017, he curated the inaugural exhibition of the renovated Galerie d’Art Contemporain in Yaounde.

As an art critic Landry has written for IAM – Intense Art Magazine and is a regular  contributor to Mosaïques, Cameroon’s contemporary art and culture magazine.