C& Center of Unfinished Business
Aperture: “Platform Africa”
Eric Gyamfi, from the series Just Like Us, 2016 Courtesy the artist
20.7.2017, ifa Gallery Berlin
Akinbode Akinbiyi, Elsa M’bala aka AMET and Emeka Okereke (Invisible Borders) in Discussion with Aïcha Diallo (C&) and Brendan Wattenberg (Aperture)
This summer, Aperture magazine is presenting its 227th issue titled “Platform Africa”. “Platform Africa” takes an in-depth look at the dynamic spaces that have shaped conversations about photography in Africa for the last twenty-five years—the biennials, experimental art spaces, and educational workshops in which artists and audiences interact with photography. The issue is edited in collaboration with Bisi Silva, founder and artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria; John Fleetwood, former head of Johannesburg’s Market Photo Workshop and current director of Photo, a new African initiative; and Aïcha Diallo, editor of the online magazine Contemporary And (C&).
Coinciding with “Platform Africa”, C& and Aperture have produced a collaborative series of online-exclusive features about photography in Africa, published simultaneously by Aperture and C& from May to July 2017. Brendan Wattenberg, managing editor of Aperture magazine, and Aïcha Diallo (C&) will discuss this special edition with artists Akinbode Akinbiyi, Elsa M’bala and Emeka Okereke (Invisible Borders), reflecting on the diverse conversations about African photography and image-making over the last twenty-five years.
Event held in English
Akinbode Akinbiyi (born to Nigerian parents in Oxford, UK, lives in Berlin) is a freelance photographer. He studied in Nigeria, England, and Germany. Akinbiyi’s primary photographic focus is on large, sprawling megacities. Wandering and meandering the highways and byways in an attempt to engage with the modern metropolis, he works primarily in Lagos, Cairo, Kinshasa, and Johannesburg. His work has been presented, most recently, in Afriques Capitales at La Villette, Paris, and documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel.
Elsa M’bala aka AMET (born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, lives in Germany) is an author, performer, and musician. As a social worker, she has realized projects with youth in Germany, Canada, and Jamaica. Since 2009 she has been a member of the band Rising Thoughts. The complex experience of living as a black woman between two worlds is a central theme of her artistic activity. In her texts and songs, M’bala takes a poetic and critical approach to investigating her lifeworlds, the conflicts that arise from these worlds, and her desire for change.
Emeka Okereke born in 1980 is a Nigerian visual artist and writer who lives and works between Africa and Europe, moving from one to the other on a frequent basis. He came in contact with photography in 2001. He was a member of the renowned Nigerian photography collective, Depth of Field (DOF).