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Ninth edition of the annual LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, October 27th – November 15th, 2018.


ART AFRICA is proud to announce that we are partnering with the ninth edition of the annual LagosPhoto Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, October 27th – November 15th, 2018 entitled Time Has Gone.

LagosPhoto is the premier  international  festival of fine art photography in Nigeria. Held annually for a month long duration, LagosPhoto presents the works of visual storytellers from within Africa and the Diaspora, giving them agency to tell multi-faceted stories that dissent from conventional representations of the Continent. LagosPhoto uses photography as the medium through which historical and contemporary issues are forensically approached  from diverse standpoints. Furthermore, the festival provides a platform for the education and sustainability of contemporary photography in Africa, by establishing cross-cultural collaborations with local and international artists and institutions. LagosPhoto’s eventful calendar engages photographers and the general public through, workshops, artist presentations, an annual portfolio review competition, film screenings and large scale outdoor installations at highly trafficked areas across Lagos. LagosPhoto 2018 will feature the works of  22 photographers from over 18 countries.


Sethembile Msezane, Untitled (Workers Day), 2014.Sethembile Msezane, Untitled (Workers Day), 2014.


Time Has Gone, this year’s theme and conversation of interest is intended to explore contemporary dialogues surrounding different facets of time. Artists from around the globe have been invited to discuss, confront and wrestle with this idea of urgency. Each in their own way, they investigate the practices of archiving, preservation, imagining the possibility of an Afro-based future, putting an end to a ‘‘time that is up’’ or the never-ending desire to reinterpret a past, laden with both nostalgia and/or hidden phantoms.

Looking at time both from a macro lens and with West African goggles, the curatorial team sheds light on the long way to go, from the then to the now, investigating diverse configurations of time in the least linear way possible.


Charlotte Yonga, Maeva. © Charlotte YongaCharlotte Yonga, Maeva. © Charlotte Yonga


LagosPhoto opens to the public on October 27th, 2018 at The Federal Printing Press Building, 9 Broad Street, Lagos Island, Lagos. Satellite exhibition venues in arts and cultural spaces throughout the city extend to Omenka Gallery, Africans Artists’ Foundation, Gallery 16/16, Alliance Francaise, hFACTOR and Railway (Yaba). Their will be an outdoor showcase of prints at Faloma Roundabout in collaboration with Polly Alakija, with a special section hosting the works made during a workshop between Emo de Medeiros and art students.

LagosPhoto is proudly sponsored by the Mike Adenuga Centre, National Geographic, the US Consulate General of Lagos, British Council, Alliance Francaise, Institut Francais and Temple Management Company. This year’s festival is realised due to the support of our partners, Canon Central and North Africa, Fast Forward, UCA, Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency, Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency, Konbini, Tenaui Africa, Radisson Blu Hotel and The Market Workshop. LagosPhoto is additionally supported by the Ford Foundation.


Kitso Lynn Lelliott, Untitled (Sankofa), 2016.Kitso Lynn Lelliott, Untitled (Sankofa), 2016.



Malala Andrialavidrazana (Madagascar/France) Emmanuelle Andrianjafy (Madagascar) Ismaïl Bahri (Tunisia/France) Sandra Brewster (Canada/Guyana) Kwena Chokoe (South Africa/Myanmar) CrazinisT (Ghana/Togo) Adji Dieye (Italy/ Senegal) Ndidi Dike (Nigeria) Michele Pearson Clarke (Canada/ Trinidad) Mary Evans (UK/Nigeria) Abosede George (Nigeria/US) Mathilde ter Heijne (Holland/ Germany) Amanda Iheme (Nigeria) Alfredo Jaar (Chile) Cassandra Klos (USA) Kitso Lynn Leliott (Botswana) Amina Menia (Algeria) Emo de Medeiros (Benin) Karl Ohiri (UK/Nigeria) Olu Olatunde (Nigeria) Chibuike Uzoma (Nigeria) Charlotte Yonga (France/Cameroon) Sethembile Msezane (South Africa)


Chibuike Uzoma, Untitled from the series No Victor, No Vanquished, 2018.Chibuike Uzoma, Untitled from the series No Victor, No Vanquished, 2018.


LagosPhoto continues to provide a platform for the improvement and progression of professional and emerging photographic talent in a comprehensive public programming initiative that includes workshops, artist presentations, and portfolio reviews facilitated by prominent local and international photographers.


(Complete information on each project can be found on the website www.lagosphotofestival.com)

Fast Forward : Women in Photography

LagosPhoto, proudly supported by the British Council, launches the 5th Fast Forward mentorship workshop at LagosPhoto 2019. Fast Forward is an international research project concerned with investigating the significance of ‘remembering not to forget’ the stories, both historical and contemporary, of women in photography across the globe.

Canon Photography Workshops

LagosPhoto, in partnership with Canon Central and North Africa offers capacity building workshops for aspiring photographers In Nigeria. Canon’s sustainability programme, Miraisha,is aimed at building the capacity and skills of people in photography. This year we will be hosting an intensive one week storytelling class conducted by photographer, Georgina Goodwin along with a Basic DSLR and Street Photography workshop in Bariga, with Nyancho Nwanri.

National Geographic Portfolio Review

LagosPhoto, in partnership with Canon Central and North Africa offers capacity building The LagosPhoto Portfolio Review is a staple of the annual festival, where participating photographers are available to give advice and feedback to emerging photographers. This year the short-list of photographers will received feedback from Uche Okpa Iroha. Tom Saater. Aisha Augie Kuta.

The Market Photo Workshop Exhibition

LagosPhoto Festival is delighted to present Medium-Time, an exhibition featuring the work of three emerging artists and Alumni of, The Market Photo Workshop, South Africa. Located in Newtown, Johannesburg, the Market Photo Workshop strives to create an environment where students learn, not only the technical and conceptual aspects of photography, but also ways of critical thinking integral to the understanding of contemporary photographic practice.

Naija Gems

Naija Gems, a travelling photography exhibition created by the US Consulate General showcasing intriguing images capturing Nigerian natural beauty

The Prism

LagosPhoto Festival Presents the launch of The Prism. The inaugural exhibition of this visual arts incubator is titled, ‘The Conceptual Shift’, curated by 21 year old budding curator Isabella Agbaje. The Prism is geared towards showcasing the work of  unconventional young Nigerian creatives in the process of developing their singular artistic voices. This exhibition will be hosted at the New Alliance Francaise at the Mike Adenuga Centre from October 27th to November 2nd, daily from 4pm to 8pm.

What Lies Beneath

LagosPhoto festival presents an exhibition of works by Ebunoluwa Akinbo, the Fashola Photographic Foundation Prize Winner for 2018.  Ebun combines her background in Sociology with photography to create compelling visual stories with a strong narrative.


Michelel Pearson Clarke, All That is Left Unsaid, 2014.Michelel Pearson Clarke, All That is Left Unsaid, 2014.


Saturday, October 27th: LagosPhoto Grand Opening Reception
Friday, November 2nd: LagosPhoto x National Geographic Portfolio Review
October 27th – November 3rd: LagosPhoto Professional Week Saturday
November 3rd: LagosPhoto closing reception Comprehensive programme of receptions, discussions, presentations, and workshops (various locations)


Malala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1856, Geological structure, 2017. © Malala AndrialavidrazanaMalala Andrialavidrazana, Figures 1856, Geological structure, 2017. © Malala Andrialavidrazana



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