On Saturday 3 December evening, during a ceremony held at the National Theater of Nice, Cameroonian artist Wilfried Nakeu, represented by Yaounde Photo Network, received the 8th OVNi (Objectif Video Nice) Festival Cosmopolis Prize.
The project was selected by a jury presided by Nora Hickey M‘Sichili (president of FICEP – Forum des Instituts Culturels Étrangers à Paris, and director of Centre Culturel Irlandais), comprising Paul Ardenne, art critic; Guy Bloch Champfort, journalist; François Fauchon, oncologist, Centre de Haute Energie (patron), Pascale Pronnier, director of artistic programme Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains.
Established in Yaounde (Cameroon) in 2016, Yaounde Photo Network (YPN) is a platform developed and managed by art historian and curator Christine Eyene to promote Cameroonian photography and video art through workshops, events, exhibitions, commissions, and partnerships in Cameroon and internationally.
Created in Nice (France) in 2015, Ovni is a festival at the confluence of the artistic and hospitality worlds, as an innovative and original platform for the promotion of video art. Every year, at the end of November, OVNi brings together a number of cultural players from the city of Nice to give visibility to emerging and established video artists. The festival comprises of exhibitions in a variety of venues including museums, cultural sites, and unusual places.