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



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).

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

YaPhoto Festival 2019
13 – 31 March 2019

Multiple venues
Yaounde, Cameroon

Image: ©M’hammed Kilito, Cinéma Camera, 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: ypnproject@gmail.com.

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.