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

For more information or to obtain press images, contact Michèle Desmottes or Sylvie Tailliez at



In the framework of the Africa 2020 season, the Rencontres d’Arles and Institut français are launching a curatorial research grant open to citizens of an African country who are based in Africa most of the time.



The Rencontres d’Arles & Institut français curatorial research grant is aimed at African curators wishing to carry out an unprecedented exhibition project in connection with images/photography.


Applicants may fill the online application form



– The selected curator will receive a €5,000 grant.

– The budget and schedule will be submitted to the direction of the Rencontres d’Arles for approval.

– After the research period, the curator must send the artistic direction of the Rencontres d’Arles a statement in view of validating the project’s feasibility and present it as an exhibition (stage 2).


After agreement, the project will enter its production and installation stage, supported by the Rencontres d’Arles.

> The €20,000 budget managed by the Rencontres d’Arles includes:
– Loans of works
– Round-trip shipping of the works to and from Arles
– Production of works: printing/framing, wallpaper, etc.
– Assistance with installation
– Invitation of the curator and possibly the artists’ accommodations in Arles during the opening week
– Insurance
– Etc.

> The curator agrees to:
– Select the works for the exhibition and determine their presentation and reproduction rights
– Draft a text presenting the selection of photographs
– Be present during the festival’s opening week and participate in the guided tour of the exhibition.

In addition to this budget, the Rencontres d’Arles will cover the costs of exhibition design, exhibition installation, deinstallation and security.


> 13 May
Opening of applications

> 13 June
Application deadline

> 1 to 7 July
Announcement of the results during the Rencontres d’Arles opening week

> Summer 2019 to Autumn 2019
Stage 1, research

> From Winter 2019 for Summer 2020 exhibition
After validation, stage 2, production of the exhibition

Caroline Courrioux
+33 (0)4 90 96 76 06

With support from Institut français.


Source: Les Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles.
Image: Aurore Valade, 2018.

Fast Forward: Mentorship Programme West Africa

Cameroonian Charlotte Yonga among the photographers recommended by Yaounde Photo Network to take part in the Fast Forward emerging women photographers mentorship programme.

The project was launched with the support of the British Council West Africa, in collaboration with LagosPhoto in Nigeria at the 5th Fast Forward research workshop on the last week of October 2018. The Fast Forward research workshops have been funded by an International Network Award from the Leverhulme Trust. The first four workshops took place in Brazil, The US, India and Finland.

The mentorship programme in West Africa will focus on emerging women photographers from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Senegal, Sierre Leone and the UK. The mentors for the programme includes academics and photographers working alongside international curators from Fast Forward, Tate Modern and Centre Pompidou.

The programme will include: attending the two-day Fast Forward research workshop on women photographers at LagosPhoto, with opportunities to present work and network with international figures from the photography world; portfolio reviews at LagosPhoto; ongoing mentorship with the mentors over the next 12 months and finally a public presentation of the mentees work at LagosPhoto 2019. The mentees will gain new insights into their working practice as well as being introduced to an international network of photographers and curators. Their final works will also be featured in the Fast Forward online gallery.

See here for more information on Fast Forward: Women in Photography

The mentees for this project are:

From Cameroon

Charlotte Yonga

From Nigeria

Nneka Iwunna-Ezemezue

and Eitnosa Osayimwen

From Ghana

Josephine Ngminvielu Kuuire

From the UK

Amanda Whittle

and Heather Agyepong

From Sierre Leone

Ngada Smart

and Sierra Nallo:

From Senegal

Malika Diagana

The mentors are: Emma Lewis, Tate Modern; Alicia Knock, Centre Pompidou; Anna Fox and Karen Knorr, University for the Creative Arts; Susan Collins, SLADE School of Art and Patricia Azevedo Festival Internacional de Fotofrafia de Belo Horizonte and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

Image: Charlotte Yonga, Livine, Douala (Cameroon) 2017, detail. 

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:

Yaounde Photo Network

After a year-long pilot phase comprising the launch of an online platform dedicated to Cameroonian photography, and a series of international events organised as part of YaPhoto 2016 and 2017, Yaounde Photo Network pursues its development with a new website and new orientations for the coming year.

Yaounde Photo Network will continue to operate as an independent project to support and showcase the work of Cameroonian and locally-based photographers and video artists of diverse cultural background.

A programme of activities to take place in Spring/Summer 2018 will be announced in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit YPN’s project page and a list of selected portfolios.

Yaounde Photo Network remains open to the submission of portfolios by Cameroonian or resident photographers.

For more information, contact us here.


Image courtesy Yvon Ngassam. Photographed work: Émeutes by Anne Fontaine, exhibited at OTHNI, Yaounde.