The Artist Talk Show – The best of times …
Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 4.p.m. (CEST)
The Artist Talk Show is a weekly talk show in which photographers, scientists, journalists and other guests discuss the theme of BredaPhoto 2020: ‘the best of times, the worst of times’. Each week, one topic will be discussed, using the work of photographers who exhibit at BredaPhoto 2020.
In this latest broadcast of The Artis Talk Show, presenter Lucas de Man looks back at BredaPhoto 2020 with various guests.
In conversation with Curator Azu Nwagbogu, they focus is on how African photographers work on reframing the image of the African continent.
Associated BredaPhoto curator Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF based in Lagos, Nigeria, is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. He also serves as founder and director of the Lagos Photo Festival, an annual international photographic arts festival that brings leading local and international photographers into dialogue with the multifaceted stories of Africa. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a new virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African art and diaspora.
As associated curator for BredaPhoto 2020, he criticized the BredaPhoto program and stated that looking at African art needs another attitude. He presents Anthony Obayomi and Andrew Esiebo who both tell their visual stories in a very personal and profound way.
In his work, the Nigerian photographer Andrew Esiebo’s focuses primarily on the rapid changes in his home city of Lagos and on the cultural wealth of Nigeria. He works for international media and exhibits his work in museums and festivals across the world. He also uses his Instagram account to share his own vision of the African continent. With his stories about, for example, hairdressing shops in West Africa or the business model of Amah Ayivi (From Second Hand In Lome To Second Life In Paris) he wants to nuance and color the often stereotypical image of Africa in Western media.
The visual artist Anthony Obayomi uses his mainly non-fiction projects to cultivate more understanding and tolerance between different people and communities. He studied Visual Arts at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and he won several awards such as the LagosPhoto-National Geographic Prize in 2017 and the Taurus Prize for Visual Art in 2020. His work has been shown at festivals such as LagosPhoto, but also at the prestigious National Geographic Story Tellers Summit. Ayodele lives and works in Lagos.