If you want to binge on Africa’s best contemporary photography don’t worry the LagosPhoto Festival is here. Kicking off on October 24th, the festival extends over a month through November 27th in Nigeria. If you are not familiar with LagosPhoto, the festival founded in 2010 has brought African contemporary photography to the global stage, exhibiting international artists in a month long celebration of photography. The festival continues to support the growing community of African contemporary photography. This year’s focus is Designing Futures curated by Cristina de Middel.
The sixth edition of LagosPhoto Festival Designing Futures positions the relationships between African design, the design of Africa and our understanding of how we may design Africa, as the platform to discuss our past, present and future intentions.
With history, circumstance and fantasy as significant pointers of the lens-based projects exhibited, Designing Futures highlights crucial aspects of ‘making’ that come into play in African signs and design dialogues.
The making of image, identity, desire, ecology, and even culture are explored through advertising, textiles, portraiture, factual and conceptual photography; these offer tangible and esoteric backdrops to how we process, navigate and inhabit the realms of a future Africa
The purpose of Lagosphoto since inception is clear; to learn, to observe, to explore, and to build a community around contemporary photography as it relates to Africa. An inclusive approach that embraces the participation of Africans and other world citizens interrogating Africa through lens.
Azu Nwagbogu Director, LagosPhoto