Digital Africa

Thursday 25 May 2017

“Digital Africa” participants were selected from an open call launched last March as part of the year-long programme of events and international collaborations developed by YaPhoto, Cameroon’s platform for photography and lens-based art practices.
The London screening will present videos by: Paolo Azevedo (Angola), Bruna Cafurica (UK/Sweden), Tamara Dawit (Canada), Edem Dotse (Ghana) & SUTRA (UK), Megan-Leigh Heilig (South Africa), Onyeka Igwe (UK), Wilfried Nakeu (Cameroon), Danielle WaKyengo O’Neill (South Africa), Jean Baptiste Nyabyenda (Rwanda), Amine Oulmakki (Morocco) and Breeze Yoko (South Africa).

The works selected include short documentaries dealing with cultural heritage, gender, identity, history and activism, as well as videos focusing on aesthetics, visual narratives, sound and music.

Digital Africa: Video Screening is curated by Christine Eyene as part of YaPhoto 2017: Picturing the Present, in partnership with Open Source and Making Histories Visible (University of Central Lancashire).

YaPhoto is an independent platform launched in Yaounde in September 2016 dedicated to promoting photography and lens-based art practices in Cameroon and internationally. YaPhoto 2017: Picturing the Present (November 2017) will include a photography exhibition and slideshow, a selection from Digital Africa video screening, a visual culture seminar and a conference on the state of photography in Cameroon and on the global scene.

Making Histories Visible is an interdisciplinary visual arts project based in the Centre for Contemporary Art (School of Art, Design and Performance) at the University of Central Lancashire. The project is led by Lubaina Himid MBE, Professor of Contemporary Art supported by Christine Eyene, Research Fellow in Contemporary Art.