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.
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.”
LagosPhoto 2016 is on view through November 21st at Eko Hotels & Suites.
Public installations can be found in Freedom Park, Legacy 1995, Falomo Circle, and Muri Okunola Park