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. Digital Africa is a programme of video art projections fostering a dialogue between Cameroonian practitioners and their peers on the continent and in the diaspora.

In 2019, YPN partners with the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca as part of the biennale’s incubation programme. In addition to a Cameroonian photography exhibition planned at the biennale’s new project space, Digital Africa: Casablanca will take place during Art Week Casablanca, organised by galerie GVCC from 15 to 21 April. The screenings will be hosted at both the biennale’s space and GVCC.  

YPN is launching an open call to Moroccan, African and Diaspora video artists to submit video works or experiments to be presented as part of Digital Africa: Casablanca. The theme of this Moroccan iteration will have a dual focus following from the 2018 biennial that dealt with insular contexts, water narratives relating to seas and oceans, history, migration and cultural hybridity. It will also explore topics drawn from the 2020 biennial with language as a subject matter, vernacular, colonial linguistic legacies, orality, text, literature and coded languages of all sorts.

Interested artists 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 extended to Friday 15 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 project, 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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