Revue de presse #45 – Décembre 2016

Portrait of a Woman, Senegal (Unknown Artist / The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York) ca. 1910. Colorization by Manos Athanasiadis, Source : blog Colorem

FOTOTA vous souhaite une très belle année 2017, avec toujours plus de couleurs dans vos vies! Petit retour sur l’actualité photographique de décembre 2016 marquée, entre autres, par le Addis Foto Fest et des appels à candidatures pour les photographes à ne pas manquer (à la toute fin de cette revue). Bonne lecture et meilleurs voeux photographiques!


17 Incredible Photographers Capturing Egypt Through a Different Lens, par Valentina Primo et Farah Hosny, CairoScene, le 15/12/16 ;

Frédéric Noy photographie les exclus de l’Afrique, LGBTI, par Brigitte Patient, France Inter, le 11/12/16 ;

Adeola Olagunju on a storytelling mission, par Adebimpe Adebambo, Omenka Online, le 8/12/16 ;

An Ethiopian photographer captures the hope and resolve inside the country’s oldest university, par Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz africa, le 3/12/16 ;


Africa’s 2016 in pictures, BBC, le 31/12/16 ;

(Avec une majorité d’images provenant de Getty Images, AFP, AP, REUTERS)


Interview: Meskerem Assegued. I grew up with Johannes Haile and his photographs”, par Aïcha Diallo, Contemporary And, le 20/12/16 ;

“Johannes Haile was sent to Germany by the German Embassy in Ethiopia to photograph the industrial development/revolution of the new country from an outsider’s point of view. Instead, he found familiar behaviors such as aspirations, joy, love, confusion, dismay, worry, fear and stamina. By focusing on the commonality of humanity, he defied the divisive perception that insists on our differences.”

8è Art – Le Musée de la photographie archive l’histoire, par Andry Patrick Rakotondrazaka, L’Express de Madagascar, le 10/12/16 ;

Cliche vs Cliche, par Francis Falceto, Art South Africa, le 9/12/16 ;

“Mandatory censorship, suppression of good memories, the amputation of a glorious past, memories to restore. Beyond my methodical interest as a historian in these photos that show a particularly auspicious period of modern Ethiopian music, I found myself suddenly measuring the magnitude of their meaning. These photos represented more than a mere visual testimony.”

Contemporary and Historical African Photography in Dialogue, Vogue Italia, le 6/12/16 ;

Portrait of a Woman, Senegal, ca. 1910, par Manos Athanasiadis, Colorem, le 5/12/16 ;


Accidental Intentions in contemporary African photography, Vogue Italia, le 15/12/16 ;

“A conversation between Azu Nwagbogu, founder and director of LagosPhoto Festival and African Artists’ Foundation, and Maria Pia Bernardoni, curator of LagosPhoto Festival’s international projects and African Artists’ Foundation.”

Kampala Art Biennale – Photo essay by Fiona Siegenthaler, Start, le 14/12/16 ;

Addis Foto Fest

Citadel, par Simon Njami, Doppiozero, le 16/12/16 ;

Photographie : Addis Foto Fest, au delà des clichés, par Chayma Drira et Nicolas Michel, Jeune Afrique, le 15/12/16 ;

“Cette année, ce sont 134 photographes venus de 40 pays différents qui vont se retrouver pour présenter leurs travaux et échanger. « Notre festival est, d’une certaine manière, un voyage visuel dans l’inconnu, au-delà de nos frontières, par lequel nous encourageons notre public à découvrir le pouvoir de la photographie non pas seulement comme une façon de documenter le temps, mais aussi comme un outil permettant d’explorer tout le spectre de la créativité », écrit Aidah Muluneh.”

Ethiopian photographer seeks new portrayal of Africa, AFP, The Bangkok Post, le 15/12/16 ;

“Authoritarian Ethiopia does not make life easy for photographers, and Muluneh bemoans the absence of a photographic culture, in which many are left with no option but to shoot weddings for a living.

Hostility towards photographers is common, from government and security forces to ordinary folk.

“Photography is always looked at with suspicion. I can just be shooting a wall and someone will come and ask me, why are you taking photos of this wall?” Muluneh said.


Putting on the photography festival in Ethiopia is never easy. Prints have to be made in Nairobi, and sponsors and exhibition spaces are hard to find.

This year is proving especially difficult because of a state of emergency imposed in October after nearly a year of sometimes deadly anti-government protests.

Some have refused to host exhibitions for fear of being associated with what might be construed by the government as political activities.

Despite the challenges, Ethiopian photographers are growing in number and skill: in 2010, there were just four participating in Addis Foto Fest, this year there are 30. And the world is increasingly looking to Ethiopia.”

(En version française ici : L’Éthiopienne Aida Muluneh, en quête d’une photographie africaine, Slate, le 15/12/16) ;

Le Addis Foto Fest redémarre pour une 4ème édition, Photo, le 13/12/16 ;

“Depuis la toute première édition de l’Addis Foto Fest, plus de 20 000 spectateurs ont participé à l’évènement. Pour cette édition 2016, les organisateurs désirent orienter le Festival vers une exploration du pouvoir de l’image au sein du contexte mondial. De nombreux partenaires locaux et internationaux seront présents pour soutenir l’initiative, notamment Canon, National Geographic, Vogue Italia, Kana TV, le magazine d’art africain et le magazine de Selamta.”

5 Highlights from the 2016 Addis Foto Fest, Aperture, décembre 2016 ;


Exploring New Ideas in Photography, par Thom Ogonga, Contemporary And, le 20/12/16 ;

“For Circle Art Gallery, this is their first exhibition to exclusively show lens-based media. “Photography/video is widely collected across Africa, yet our collectors have not been made aware of this trend and of the interesting photography in Kenya. We try to advise/inform our collectors through our exhibitions,” says Danda Jaroljmek, a founding director at Circle.

There is a good reception around lens-based media locally and Circle would be keen to do a purely video art show. This exhibition was an attempt at presenting fine art photography professionally and has enabled a lot of learning. This learning was needed both by the practitioners – artists and photographers– and agents, curators, dealers, and audiences regarding the medium, the available possibilities and how it can complement other art forms.  If local photographers can build on this, they can attain more visibility, eventually gain prominence, and stand alongside other currently high-flying photographers from the continent.”

Five Ethiopian photographers exhibit in Venice, par

In a Show of African Portrait Photography, the Figure Fades Away, par Steph Rodney, Hyperallargic, le 6/12/16 ;

“I was frustrated by the ephemerality of the figure in much of this work — how difficult it was to grasp the subject who is only partially seen or represented by shadows. However, I can recognize that in a departure from the history of portraiture made on the continent, the bodies of the people are not the primary objects that these artists aim to depict. These artists aim at history, at memory, at social practices, at viewers’ expectations wrapped up in the photographic image. Thus, the figure, of course, would slip a bit from view.”


“La femme d’affaires et actuelle consule du Sénégal à Douala fête les 21 ans de sa galerie, MAM. L’âge de la majorité, et peut-être le temps de passer la main. (…) Quand j’ai exposé Samuel Fosso, je n’ai volontairement affiché aucun prix et je n’ai pas cherché à vendre. Car personne n’aurait compris à Douala que l’on puisse vendre une seule photo 7 000 euros », explique-t-elle.”


“Review – Mozambique from one time into another”, Chronicle #26, par ZAM reporter, non daté ;

“Dutch photographer Ben Krewinkel continues the journey that took Frits Eisenloeffel to Mozambique after its victory and independence of 1975.”


“Seeking that Coveted Photography Award”, par Miriam Namutebi, Start, le 14/12/16 ;

Les Uganda Press Photo Awards, L’Oeil de la photographie, le 14/12/16 ;


Call for Applications: World Press Photo Foundation Masterclass West Africa, The World Press Photo Foundation, le 20/12/16 ;  Version française.

The ART AFRICA FAIR 2017 is excited to announce their OPEN CALL for artists and galleries to participate in Africa’s first fully curated international art fair, set to take place at the V&A Waterfront , Cape Town, between the 24th February – 5th March 2017.

CAP Prize 2017 / Call for entries



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