POPCAP’14 WINNER | PATRICK WILLOCQ

Kinshasa based photographer Patrick Willoq’s fictional staged photographs I am Walé Respect Me, is the result of a collaboration between Ekonda pygmies, an ethno-musicologist, artist and many artisans of the forest. Focused on visually narrating the initiation ritual of the Walé women (young mothers) in Democratic Republic of Congo. Willoq’s describes these images as visual depictions of the songs sung by the Walé whilst in seclusion. Each aural tale has a codified structure yet is made unique by each young mother. She sings of her loneliness, whilst astutely praising herself to the discredit of her fellow rivals – other Walés. Patrick Willocqu was born in 1969 in Strasbourg, France. He lives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

SOURCE | ANOTHERAFRICA.NET

Images courtesy of Patrick Willocq and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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POPCAP’14 WINNERS | Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort

Love Radio is a transmedia documentary by journalist and filmaker Eefje Blankevoort and photographer Anoek Steketee about the complex process of reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda. It is based on a popular radio soap program – Musekeweya (‘New Dawn’). Combining film with photography, audio, text and archive material, this ground breaking project eloquently straddles the boundaries between fact and fiction. Blankevoort and Steketee write that their photographs “do not take a purely documentary approach. The camera is used not only to raise social issues, but also as a tool for the imagination. By playing with light and partially directing the subjects, alienating images emerge, with the surroundings as a gloomy stage set.” Eefje Blankevoort was born in 1978 in Montreal, Canada. Anoek Steketee was born in 1974 in Hoorn, The Netherlands. They both live in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Images courtesy of Eefje Blankewoort and Anoek Steketee and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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POPCAP’14 WINNER | Léonard Pongo

Brussels based photographer Léonard Pongo presents The Uncanny, a black and white documentary series he describes that “tries to show the collateral impact of the war instead of the direct hits.” Shot in the Democratic Republic of Congo post the 2011 elections, Pongo wanted to see his country beyond a singular narrative of crisis.  Through time spent with family members, political and religious figures his lens captures intimate moments, sometimes sharp sometimes hazy.  His subjective take as he asserts is, “not trying to deliver a truth but striving to understand people’s realities and construct my own.” Léonard Pongo was born in 1988 in Liège, Belgium. He lives in Brussels, Belgium.

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Images courtesy of Léonard Pongo and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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POPCAP’14 WINNER | ILAN GODFREY

Cape Town based photographer Ilan Godfrey’s series Legacy of the Mine examines one of South Africa’s most important economic enterprises: mining. He writes, “mineral exploitation by means of cheap and disposable labour has brought about national economic growth, making the mining industry the largest industrial sector in South Africa.” Through images documented over a period between 2011 – 2013, Godfrey uses his camera to probe the underbelly of a mega-industry and its unsavory effects on communities and lives that he calls “forgotten”. Ilan Godfrey was born in 1980 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Images courtesy of Ilan Godfrey and piclet.org. All rights reserved.

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POPCAP’14 WINNER | Joana Choumali

Abidjan based photographer Joana Choumali’s series Hââbré, The Last Generation explores scarification – markings created through superficial incisions made to the body. Hââbré means both writing and scarification in Kô, a Burkinabe language. As documents of the physical traces of shared values, and traditions of self-imaging within cultural groups, her images reflect on how these are subject to change. Once the norm, and having high social value as she describes, individuals bearing these vestiges of the past, are now somewhat “excluded”. Joana Choumali was born in 1974 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. She lives in Abidjan Cococy, Ivory Coast.

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POPCAP ’14 Contemporary Photography from Africa Prize Winners Announced

It’s official, POPCAP’14 announces the 5 winners for this years edition of the Piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography. The winning portfolios selected from 720 submissions are by Joana Choumali (Ivory Coast), Ilan Godfrey (South Africa), Léonard Pongo (Belgium), Anoek Steketee and Eefje Blankevoort (The Netherlands), and Patrick Willocq (France).

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In Conversation With Sound Artist Emeka Ogboh on Lagos, and Listening To The World In a Musical Way

A lot of people would consider Lagos’ soundscape as being very noisy, and they’d call it noise. But I stopped calling it noise since I started listening to it. — Emeka Ogboh

Ilpo Jauhiainen | But when you first started did you have any doubts? Did you always know sound was going to be one of your main media?

Emeka Ogboh | It’s an interesting question; I didn’t actually set out to be a sound artist. Lagos made me a sound artist. I didn’t always know that sound would be one of my main media of artistic expression. I thought I would be a brief affair, but I completely got sucked into it and I didn’t see that coming. Of course I had doubts when I started, I wasn’t so sure what I was doing or where I was going with it. It felt like I was groping around a dark room, searching for the light switch. But then, persistence paid off.

Read the full in-depth interview with Lagos-based sound artist Emeka Ogboh in conversation with Ilpo Jauhianen.

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In Conversation with Dennis Chuene, a Cape Town-based Fashion Designer

Meet the collaborators in the dynamic fashion and photography project, NOT x Chris Saunders, from New York to South Africa.

Dennis and Jenny meeting for the first time in Cape Town, 2014. Photo | Chris Saunders.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition in New York, and tandem with their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign Another Africa over the coming weeks introduces each of the collaborators. This week we introduce Dennis Chuene of fashion label Vernac!

Quite frankly my preoccupation/obsession with the China bag, came with a need to take ownership of a discarded cheap bag that I grew up seeing.  I wanted to personify it, to give it a metaphoric voice to say, ‘I am part of you. You use me when you’re out on your luck and discard me when you make a buck.’ — Dennis Chuene

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Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.

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Jelili Atiku | A Performance Artists’ Efforts Towards Visual Education & Change

"As a principle of my personal de-colonization process, I use Egungun methods in my work. But this is not to say I am re-producing the Egungun performances. The Egungun are believed to be heavenly bodies and such it is secretive; whereas I, I am Jelili Atiku, the performer.  In theme, my performances are based on contemporary experiences." — Jelili Atiku

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In Conversation with Dr. Pachanga, a Johannesburg-based Vintage Clothier

NOT x Chris Saunders | A Fashion & Photography collaboration from New York to South Africa featuring Dr. Pachanga

For some fashion merely constitutes items of clothing to cover the body, and for others it’s the palette for creativity and individuality. Johannesburg based vintage clothier,  Jean-Rene Onyagunga who goes by the alias Dr. Pachanga, falls into the later category.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition in New York, and tandem with their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign Another Africa over the coming weeks introduces each of the collaborators. This week we introduce Dr. Pachanga!

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In Conversation with Jenny Lai & Chris Saunders on Digitally Enabled Cross-Cultural Creative Collaborations

‘NOT x Chris Saunders’ an experimental fashion and photography collaboration from New York to South Africa made possible by the Internet.

The Internet is undoubtedly changing the way we interact. The recent cross-cultural collaboration between New York based fashion designer Jenny Lai, and Johannesburg based photographer and filmmaker Chris Saunders hits this point home. Their photography and fashion project would never have happened if South Africa’s burgeoning creative scene wasn’t on the digital map.

Leading up to the NOT x Chris Saunders exhibition in New York, and tandem with their current Indiegogo fundraising campaign Another Africa over the coming weeks we will introduce each of the collaborators through candid interviews with exclusive behind-the-scene images shot during the making of each garment/accessory with images of the final collaborative pieces modeled by their muse, Manthe Ribane.

To get things started, meet the duo that crossed the digital divide, left caution to the wind and went on to conceive and make this project happen. Read more on anotherafrica.net

Images courtesy of Chris Saunders. All rights reserved.

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Next Chapter: Inquiries into emerging art practices

…With all the buzz about Africa and it’s artwork, the biggest question that arises is what does all this mean for the next generation of artists? Will all this attention turn into programs providing previously unattainable resources? Will this lead to a greater emphasis on art-based education? And will young emerging artists begin to receive the exposure their work deserves?

Join us over the next three months for Next Chapter, a series that focuses on a group of countries in three regions of the continent, southern Africa, northern Africa and western Africa.

The series will attempt to provide an invigorating survey of the current conditions, education and resources available to young emerging artists in these regions on the continent. Next Chapter will include interviews, in depth discussions with, and reflections from, practitioners on the continent and those in the diaspora, all with the intention of highlighting the work being done by emerging African artists and making sense of what the impact of this African resurgence means to this new generation of artists.

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Images courtesy of Mohamed Aredjal. All rights reserved.

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  • 06.23.2014
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