LagosPhoto Festival is the first international art festival of photography in Nigeria, launched in October 2010. It is organised by the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) as part of an ongoing project designed to use art in public spaces, as a medium for increasing societal awareness. The festival includes workshops and classes for professional artists, art fairs and indoor and outdoor exhibitions citywide. LagosPhoto is held annually and features emerging photographers alongside established photographers.
LagosPhoto Festival is delighted to announce the 8th edition of the Lagos Photo festival, themed Regimes of Truth. The Fascination and magical storytelling of art is quite thrilling.
Held between the- 24th of November – 15th of December.
This year’s LagosPhoto encompasses an engaging programme of events with cultural and artistic gains. Contemporary photography is the new repository of the fading quest for reality, not by virtue of its supposed freedom, but because it embodies the synthesis and unmasks the contradictions of the knowledge society and its imperative for creativity. It is our point of interdependence and the most democratic tool for social engagement today in the sense that almost everyone can make pictures and share using smart phones.
Regimes of Truth will explore the pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society, gleaning inspiration from the writings of some of the 19th and 20th centuries’ most influential literary realists and intellectuals. Gustave Flaubert’s L’Empire de la Bêtis (The Empire of Stupidity), Orwell’s creation of “doublethink” from his dystopian novel 1984, as well as the writings of Foucault, Achebe and Huxley, all possessed foresight about contemporary society’s concurrent quandary, whereby access to information on one hand and substantive facts on the other hand, are masked by a constructed rhetoric. Regimes of Truth thus ruminates on the tension and confluence between veracity and artifice in society today.
Regimes of Truth debuts new work by acclaimed artists such as Samuel Fosso, whose series “Black Pope” delves into the politics of religion and explores the often shied away reflections on religion in Africa.
As always LagosPhoto, will remain unbiased and encompass a wide-range of photographic approaches. Historical work, archival material, reportage, collage, conceptual and non-conceptual image-based approach will be considered.
Here’s a sneak peak to what the photographers have in store. These pictures are at the very least exotically beautiful. Each photographer depicts different emotions in each of their pieces.
Dagmar van Weeghel
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