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 and Elsa M’bala, reflecting on the diverse conversations about African photography and image-making over the last twenty-five years.
Akinbode Akinbiyi and Elsa M’bala aka AMET in Discussion with Aïcha Diallo (C&) and Brendan Wattenberg (Aperture)