Regards : photographie camerounaise

Cameroonian photography and video art launch the Biennale Internationale de Casablanca’s new Project Space.

The Biennale Internationale de Casablanca is opening its Project Space on Wednesday 19 June 2019 as part of the 2019-2020 incubation programme developed in preparation for the 5th BIC 2020 that will take place from 24 September to 1 November 2020. The space’s first event focuses on photography and video art with two exhibitions entitled Regards : Photographie Camerounaise and Digital Africa: Casablanca.

Regards: Photographie Camerounaise features photography and mixed-media works by Romuald DikouméBlaise Djilo, Max Mbakop, Yvon NgassamAntoine Ngolkedo’o and Charlotte Yonga.

In addition to photography, the BIC.Project Space is also presenting, from 19 to 22 June 2019, Digital Africa: Casablanca, a video art exhibition and series of screenings of works from Africa and the Diaspora, by established and emerging artists selected from an open call that ran from December 2018 to February 2019. The artists are: Hakeem Adam (Ghana), Driss Aroussi (Morocco / France), Wendimagegn Belete (Ethiopia / Norway), Paul Emmanuel (South Africa), Badr El Hammami (Morocco / France), Khireddine Khaldoun (Algeria), Mohammed Amine Al Makouti (Morocco), MahlÕt Sansosa (Brazil / Tanzania), Marton Robinson (Costa Rica / United States of America), Leandré le Roux (South Africa) and Carly Whitaker (South Africa).

Regards: Photographie Camerounaise
Digital Africa: Casablanca

Opening: Wednesday 19 June 2019, 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Free admission, limited places. Booking recommended.

Exhibitions open to the public:
Thursday 20 June, 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 June, 12 noon to 5.00 pm

BIC Project Space
30, rue El Hajeb
Bourgogne
Casablanca
Morocco
www.biennalecasablanca.org/projectspace

For more information or to obtain press images, contact Michèle Desmottes or Sylvie Tailliez at info@biennalecasablanca.ma.

YaPhoto Festival 2019

YaPhoto was born from the desire to encourage the emergence of new aesthetics around the contemporary image in Cameroon and more particularly in the city of Yaounde. YaPhoto strives to promote the creativity of the Cameroonian art scene by giving exposure to emerging photographers and video artists.

Conscious of the stakes of the image and the transformations prescribed by the digital, the festival questions the aesthetic and cultural mutations of our societies influenced by the new forms of images and their diffusion.
YaPhoto is also conceived as a platform from which professionals and amateurs are invited to rethink the status of the image and its exploitation in all its aspects.

YaPhoto Festival aims to sustain and support the visibility of this scene nationally and internationally. The first two pilot editions What we see (2016) and Picturing the Present (2017) curated by Christine Eyene have given the impetus to an inventory of artistic photography in Cameroon.

This 3rd edition is placed under the theme of Remanences and is dedicated to Bisi Silva (1962-2019), committed curator who has constantly carried photography in Africa to new horizons.

Remanencesquestion the relevance of images as a tools for investigating the world’s mutations. This new edition marks a desire to look at current photographic practices and to renew the perception of the image. Remanence, literally, evokes the phenomenon by which a visual imprint remains, even after its disappearance, in our retina and in our memory. By extension, this concept can also be associated with places where vestiges and stigmas of the past survive.

Remanences is part of a visual persistence based on a deep questioning of the history of images, related to the absence of visual history speci c to Cameroon. Photography has this reminding power sometimes specular. Are our eyes not lost in mythologies?

Text by Yves Chatap

Festival Director: Landry MBASSI
Art Director: Yves CHATAP
Assistant Artistic Director: Sarah DAUPHINÉ TCHOUATCHA

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

PHOTOGRAPHY

Mbadimma CHINEMELUM (Nigeria), Nicolás COMBARRO (Spain), Sarah DAUPHINÉ TCHOUATCHA (France/Cameroon), Blaise DJILO (Cameroon), Lionel Richy EBONGUE (Cameroon), Chantal EDIE and Zacharie NGNOGUE (Cameroon), William GAYE (France), Delio JASSE (Angola), Ditoma KADOULE (Togo), John KALAPO (Mali), M’hammed KILITO (Morocco), Daniel KUKLA (USA), Wilfried NAKEU and Chaima ZAARFOURI (Cameroon, France/Morocco), Pierre Ndjami Makanda (Cameroon), Alain POLO (DRC), Georges TANKAM (Cameroon) and Sibusiso TLHABADIRA (South Africa).

VIDÉO
Megan-Leigh HEILING (South Africa)
Max MBAKOP (Cameroon)
Yvon NGASSAM (Cameroon)

YaPhoto Festival 2019
13 – 31 March 2019

Multiple venues
Yaounde, Cameroon
www.facebook.com/YaPhotoFestival/

Image: ©M’hammed Kilito, Cinéma Camera, 2018

Yaounde Photo Network at Unseen Amsterdam

Yaounde Photo Network (YPN), Cameroon’s platform for photography and lens-based arts, is pleased to announce its participation to the 2018 edition of CO-OP at Unseen Amsterdam. CO-OP is devoted to artist-run initiatives and collectives, enabling them to show their latest work in dynamic presentations and new commercial formats. Recognising the significance of artists who unite to make and show work, this edition examines themes such as authorship, mass tourism, migrant stereotyping and education.

The exhibition display at CO-OP will feature works by Romuald Dikoume, Blaise Djilo, Max Mbakop, Steve Mvondo, Yvon Ngassam and Antoine Ngolke do’o. This will be YPN’s first participation at an international fair and the photographers first showcase in Europe. In addition to the presentation of photographs is planned a conversation on Cameroonian photography examining its place locally, on the continent, and in relation to the global art scene.

Unseen is a leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talents to showcase their work. It also brings together the international photography community to discuss and debate the directions in which the photographic medium is evolving.

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CO-OP at Unseen will take place from 21 to 23 September 2018 at Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam.

Find out more on the 2018 edition of CO-OP and Unseen Amsterdam.

For further information on Yaounde Photo Network, please email: ypnproject@gmail.com.