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Royal Generation | © Keyezua/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
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Striking Photographs From Nigeria's LagosPhoto Art Festival

Picture of Rachel Gould
Art & Design Editor
Updated: 3 November 2016
The annual LagosPhoto festival showcases the most outstanding contemporary photography in Nigeria for one month. Exhibitions, workshops, presentations, discussions, and screenings take place throughout the city of Lagos, aimed at “reclaiming public spaces and the general public with multifaceted stories of Africa.”

The theme of LagosPhoto 2016 is Rituals and Performance: Inherent Risk, which explores the concept of ‘posing’ as something both visual and behaviorally repetitive.

Exhibiting photographers hail from around the continent and the world, from Angola to Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Benin, Zimbabwe, and of course, Nigeria. Each artist’s work is aesthetically unique, but commonly adheres to this year’s ‘ritual’ theme by depicting tradition through a contemporary lens. Series of arresting images portray colonization, overconsumption, and wealth.

Nyanye - League of Extravagant Grannies | © Osborne Macharia /Courtesy of LagosPhoto
Nyanye – League of Extravagant Grannies | © Osborne Macharia /Courtesy of LagosPhoto

LagosPhoto was inaugurated in 2010 to shed a creative light on contemporary African life, culture, and society. In its six consecutive years, the international photography festival has garnered a local and global audience, drawing well-deserved attention to a country – and an entire continent – both largely overlooked in the art market.

In addition to its featured exhibitions, LagosPhoto aims to educate the public on the medium as an art form alongside its journalistic potential. The festival explores “historical and contemporary social issues, the sharing of cultural practices, and the promotion of social programs.”

© Lakin Ogunbanwo/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
© Lakin Ogunbanwo/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
Genesis | © Kudzanai Churai/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
Genesis | © Kudzanai Churai/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
© Eric Gyamfi/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
© Eric Gyamfi/Courtesy of LagosPhoto | © LagosPhoto
© Ishola Akpo/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
© Ishola Akpo/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
Profit Corner | © Mario Macilau/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
Profit Corner | © Mario Macilau/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
The Raft of Medusa | © Adad Hannah/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
The Raft of Medusa | © Adad Hannah/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
The Art of Survival | © Patrick Willocq/Courtesy of LagosPhoto
The Art of Survival | © Patrick Willocq/Courtesy of LagosPhoto

LagosPhoto 2016 is on view through November 21st at Eko Hotels & Suites.

Ten additional exhibitions are installed around the city, with satellite venues in Omenka Gallery, the African Artists Foundation, Temple Muse, the Goethe Institut, Red Door Gallery, and Miliki.

Public installations can be found in Freedom Park, Legacy 1995, Falomo Circle, and Muri Okunola Park