Open Call for LagosPhoto Home Museum

The LagosPhoto20 submissions for this initiative close 31 June 2020

Dear Friend,

We hope you and your family are keeping well during these trying times.

I write to invite you to participate in an exciting initiative that is being organised by LagosPhoto20. You don’t need to have a professional camera, you may use whatever device you have – a smartphone is fine.

The idea is to “shine your eyes” on our homes as if they were museums. We invite you to take part in building this new virtual Home Museum.

As we go about our busy lives, we often forget the small things worth preserving – what we are calling “objects of virtue” – objects that are important to each person, family and home. Some treasures we use everyday, some we keep, some we hold close, some we lose, and some are simply forgotten and not preserved at all. For example, a watch passed down from a father to his child, an ibeji doll, a piece of woven cloth from our grandmother, an old photograph or newspaper cut-out, a souvenir from the last city we visited, the first mobile phone we owned, or a medal won at a sports competition. All these evoke memories and tell stories about our culture and history in ways we don’t always recognise.

To participate, all you need to do is photograph a personal selection of these “objects of virtue” and email these images to the address below. During LagosPhoto20, your own “Home Museum” will be exhibited online. With this rapid response, we hope to hold onto these valuable artefacts with you for the benefit of future generations and begin conversations about our collective histories.

What you need to do!
Send your photos (between 6-12 max) to
homemuseum@lagosphotofestival.com

Please write your name, age, contact information, and a short description of these objects and why they are important to you and your family. This can be submitted in your home language.

Deadline for submission is 31st July 2020.

If you need to know more, please write to info@afrcanartists.org

We look forward to your contribution and to building the first online Home Museum together.

In solidarity,
Azu Nwagbogu
Director, LagosPhoto