Open call: video artists

After YaoundeLondon and Tokyo, Yaounde Photo Network (YPN), Cameroon’s platform for photography and lens-based media will be hosting its next Digital Africa screening in Casablanca, Morocco.

The Digital Africa programme stems from a digital media (sound and video art) showcase first curated by Christine Eyene as part of the Africa Utopia Festival (2014) at Southbank Centre, London. It has then been expanded as part of YPN’s international collaborations and events. In 2019, YPN partners with the International Biennial of Casablanca (BIC) that will open up its work spaces and host various activities during its incubation phase between biennial editions.

YPN is calling for Moroccan, African and Diaspora video artists to submit video pieces or experiments to be presented at Digital Africa: Casablanca in April 2019. The event will take the form of a video art exhibition and screening, coinciding with the launch of the BIC project space.

Digital Africa: Casablanca will have a dual focus following from the theme of the 2018 biennial that dealt with insular contexts, water narratives relating to seas and oceans, history, migration and cultural hybridity. It will also explore language as a subject matter, vernacular or resulting from colonial legacies, orality, text, literature and coded languages of all sorts.

Interested artists or collectives may send between 1 and 3 video pieces by email in avi, mov, mpeg, mp4 files or via a vimeo or youtube link. Additional information must be emailed along the video file or link in Word or PDF format. 

This should include:

Name of author

Title of work, date, format, length

Technical specifications

A short biography and statement on the submitted piece/s (both 250 to 500 words) in English or French.

Submissions can be sent to ypnproject@gmail.com, please indicate in the subject line “Open Call DAC”.

Deadline: Friday 01 February 2019, midnight (WAT) 

Yaounde Photo Network (YPN) is an independent Cameroonian platform dedicated to photography and lens-based art practices. Launched in September 2016 as an online project alongside the YaPhoto pilot, YPN supports and showcases works by Cameroonian and locally-based photographers and video artists, through a number of activities and initiatives that include exhibitions, screenings, professional encounters, research, workshops and various public events held both in Cameroon and internationally. 

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