‘Regimes of change’ – Lagos Photo Festival 2017 brings the real(ity)

This year’s Lagos Photo Festival is set to be the pinnacle photography event on the African continent of 2017. Themed “Regimes of change”, the biennale is set to explore the ideas of contemporary photography as a gatekeeper for reality and what is deemed as truth.

Jody Brand

Featuring artists like South African writer and photographer Tsoku Maela, this year’s festival explores the “pursuit for and presentation of truth in contemporary society”.

The event — kicking off on 24 November — will include exhibitions, workshops, discussions and prints displayed throughout the city with the aim of reclaiming public spaces and engaging the public with multifaceted stories of Africa. Started in 2014, the festival has grown over the years; attracting photographers, fans and practitioners alike.

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This year’s festival will include new work by acclaimed Cameroonian artist Samuel Fosso, whose series Black Pope delves into the politics of religion and explores the often shied-away reflections on religion in Africa.

Emerging photographers like Lubebetu Abubakar — featured in our  17 West African womxn photographers changing the world’s visual language — will also showcase their work during the festival. See our list of top picks at the festival.

Francois Beaurain / Medina Dugger

Location: Lagos
Instagram: francoisbeaurain/ Medinadugger

Lorena Ross

Location: Spain
Website: lorenaros.com


Location: Senegal
Instagram: alunbe

Jody Brand

Location: Cape Town
Instagram: jody_brand_

Lubabetu Abubakar

Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Website: lubabetuabubakar.com

Lagos Photo Festival takes place from 24 November until 15 December.

*Header image by Alan[be]

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