Four Curators Examine “Time Has Gone“ For the LagosPhoto Festival 2018

One of the four curators, Wunika Mukan, courtesy seriously-doughnuts

A team of four curators is directing the LagosPhoto Festival 2018 with the theme Time Has Gone.

Eva Barois De Caevel, Wunika Mukan, Charlotte Langhorst and Valentine Umansky investigate the diversity that time encompasses, according to the organisers.

“Their curatorial discourse unearths the non-linearity of time and the complexity of our experience to memory”, says the brief about the show, which is in its 9th year. “The team chose to embrace polyphony as a way to bring out the subject’s intricacies”.

The event runs from October 27 to November 15, 2018.

Photo by Adji Dieye, from LAGOS PHOTO Website

Time is fluid and for each of us it passes at different paces and rhythms. Once in a while the stream seems to freeze and at other times, we bemoan that a particular fragment of time that we had wished to keep within our grasp is now in the past. Every now and then we also yearn for the ability to accelerate the present or perhaps a future that we fear. Time however is not a continuum that evolves in synchronisation with space-Excerpt from Curators’ Statement, LAGOSPHOTO FESTIVAL 2018

Lelliott-Kitso_Video-still_From the LAGOSPHOTO Website

The programme outline says that Time Has Gone explores the configurations by which the past, the present and the future interact within the photographic medium. Time will be approached from different angles, highlighting matters of momentum, documentation and preservation, taking into consideration the intimacy of stories as well as the breadth of the concept itself.

As in the past, this year’s edition will host a variety of workshops, panel discussions, artist talks and portfolio reviews. A detailed programme has not been published.

Photo by Emmanuelle Andrianjaffy, from Lagos Photo Website

The organisers say that “LagosPhoto is the first and only international arts festival of photography in Nigeria”, arguing that “the festival presents photography as it is embodied in the exploration of historical and contemporary issues, the promotion of social programmes, and the reclamation and engagement of public spaces in showcasing contemporary photography”.


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