Lagos Photo Festival Celebrates Photos From Around The World

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Lagos Photo Festival Celebrates Photos From Around The World

Cristina de Middel:

From the series This is What Hatred Did, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto.

Jenevieve Aken:

From the series The Masked Woman, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Sésu Tilley-Gyado: From the series Afristoria: Time Reimagined, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 
Sésu Tilley-Gyado: From the series Afristoria: Time Reimagined, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Bayo Omoboriow: 

From the series Red Gold, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and 
LagosPhoto. 

Ricardo Cases: 

From the series El Blanco, 2008. Courtesy of the artist and 
LagosPhoto. 

Angélica Dass: 

From the series Humanae, 2012-ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Thomas Mailaender: 

From the series Cathedral Cars, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Aisha Augie-Kuta: 

From the series Material Culture, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Delphine Fawundu: 

From the series Deconstructing SHE, 2011-2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto.

Lowe Cape Town: 

From the series Cape Town Selfies, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Lowe Cape Town: 

From the series Cape Town Selfies, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Lowe Cape Town: 

From the series Cape Town Selfies, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Lowe Cape Town: 

From the series Cape Town Selfies, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Ade Adekola:

From the series Egungun, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Aisha Augie-Kuta: 

From the series Material Culture, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Thomas Mailaender: 

From the series Cathedral Cars, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Glenna Gordon: 

From the series Sin is a Puppy That Follows You Home: Romance Novelists in Northern Nigeria, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto.

Augustin Rebetez: From the series arrière-tête (mécanismes), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 
Mary Sibande: From the series Long Live the Dead Queen, 2009-2010. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery MOMO. 
Mary Sibande: From the series Long Live the Dead Queen, 2009-2010. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery MOMO. 
Mary Sibande: From the series Long Live the Dead Queen, 2009-2010. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery MOMO. 

Dillon Marsh: 

From the series Invasive Species. Courtesy of the artist. 

Jenevieve Aken: 

From the series The Masked Woman, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou: 

From the series Camouflage, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Anoek Steketee & Eefje Blankevoort: From the series Love Radio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 
Anoek Steketee & Eefje Blankevoort: From the series Love Radio, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Jan Hoek:

New Ways of Photographing the New Masai, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Karl Ohiri and Riikka Kassinen: The Medicine Man: I’’ll Take Care of You, 2013. Courtesy of the artists. 

Lowe Cape Town: 

From the series Cape Town Selfies, 2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Namsa Leuba: 

From the series Cocktail, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Seun Akisanmi: 

From the series Nigerian Punishments, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Seun Akisanmi: 

From the series Nigerian Punishments, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Edson Chagas: 

From the series Oikonomos, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Stevenson Gallery.

Nicolas Henry:

From the series Tales from the World, ongoing. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Pierre-Christophe Gam: 

From the series The Affogbolos, 2014. Courtesy of the artist 
and LagosPhoto. 

Jacqueline Hassink: 

From the series Table of Power 2, 2009-2011. Courtesy of the 
artist. 

Zak Ové: From the series A Land So Far. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 
Zak Ové: From the series A Land So Far. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Sam Hopkins: 

From the series Out of Africa, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and 
LagosPhoto. 

Sam Hopkins: 

From the series Out of Africa, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and 
LagosPhoto. 

Cristina de Middel:

From the series This is What Hatred Did, 2014. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto.

Jide Odukoya: 

From the series Turn It up!, 2013-2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Jide Odukoya: 

From the series Turn It up!, 2013-2014. Courtesy of the artist. 

Abraham Oghobase: Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary. 
Abraham Oghobase: Untitled, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary. 

Aisha Augie-Kuta: 

From the series Material Culture, 2013. Courtesy of the artist and LagosPhoto. 

Hassan Hajjaj: 

Y bandana veil in green, 2006. Courtesy of the artist. 

Hans Wilschut: from the series Lagos (Iyana Ipaja), 2014. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Ron Mandos. 
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BY JEFF IHAZA

Lagos, a lush Nigerian metropolis perched against the Atlantic, is the second-fastest growing city in Africa. Its 14 million residents share very close quarters. In 2012, it was reported that an average 18,000 residents of Lagos occupy each of its 800 square kilometers, putting the African city in the same class as U.S. hubs like New York and Los Angeles.

For five years The Lagos Photo Festival has used the nearly claustrophobic city of Lagos as a backdrop for its annual celebration of international photography. Every year, the festival uses the jam-packed city to display innovative photographic works from artists around the world.

In many ways the location makes sense. Lagos' conditions create a perfect space for exploring the festival's annual Africa-focused,themes. This year's theme "Staging Reality" explores the visual representations of Africa in contrast to its realities. The result is a stunning series of images that challenge contemporary expectations about the continent and looks ahead by imagining its vibrant future.

From this year's Press Release:

"This year's theme, Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction, examines contemporary photographers working in Africa who negotiate the boundaries and relationships between photography, beliefs, and truths. Incorporating conceptual and performative strategies that expand traditional photographic practice, many contemporary artists working on the continent move beyond the confines of the photojournalistic gaze. These artists produce work that considers the complex social and political concerns that define a new Africa in the twenty-first century, and they explore how the ubiquity of images plays a vital role in how reality is constructed and articulated. Utilizing genres such as staged narratives, performance, appropriation, self-portraiture, and still life, these artists push the temporal and spatial boundaries of the photographic medium. In doing so, Staging Reality, Documenting Fiction considers how these artists imagine different futures and charter fictive worlds, using photography as a catalyst to investigate the changing realities of Africa today."

Check out the photos from this year's festival above, and to learn more about Lagos Photo Festival, visit the official website.

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