FARIDAH FOLAWIYO

MEMORY

— A CONVERSATION WITH AMINA KADOUS & MONOCHROME LAGOS

As part of our collaboration with the  Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize




Looking at two photographers who work closely with memory, one preempting it and the other dissecting it, in this talk I hope to be able to gain a better understanding of the way in which photography can be used as a tool for the creation and upkeep of memory. The relationship between the photographer, the audience and memory is one that I have spent a lot of time exploring. In the work of Amina Kadous, she is actively investigating her own personal memories, and memories that might be familiar to others in her context, and using this as a tool to question the present. In Monochrome Lagos, the work of Logor, he is photographing the city of Lagos in the present so that in the future his photographs might serve as a reference point or even monuments of this moment in history. The two photographers also differ perhaps in their intentions, Logor in the active creation of a public archive, and Amina in the excavation of a private one. Yet, their works bring up questions about personal vs collective memory, intention; versus unintentional archive creation and nostalgia versus present tense. Essentially, what is the role of the photographer and of the audience in the creation of memory? How do you memorialise your present?
— FARIDAH FOLAWIYO




WATCH / CONVERSATION / 26.04.2021 / 18:00


AMINA KADOUS & MONOCHROME LAGOS

IN CONVERSATION WITH FARIDAH FOLAWIYO


ABOUT



This event initiates a series of three conversations as part of the programme TALK TALK TALK (African Photography Conversations) by Contemporary African Photography (CAP) Prize.

We are inviting three curators to each host a conversation with photographers in the framework of our research IF A TREE FALLS IN A FOREST, a reflection on the lacunae of sight in African Photography. The talks will run throughout the upcoming months starting off Monday 26th April, and will be broadcasted open to the public, and free of charge.

TALK TALK TALK (African Photography Conversations) is a series of presentations and discussions around photography in African contexts with the aim of networking the different initiatives and photographers on the continent and beyond. The format was first  introduced by African Photographic Society (APS) members FOTEA and CAP Association at the 2019 Bamako Encounters in Mali. All episodes are available at www.talktalktalk.photo.








BIO FARIDAH FOLAWIYO


Based between London and Lagos, Faridah Folawiyo is an independent curator with a special focus on art from the Black world. She holds a Masters in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and her research interests include modern and contemporary African photography, specifically the role the non-portrait plays in the depiction of identity. She has curated the past three editions of Art X Live in Lagos, as well as The Collector's Edition exhibition. Her next show will be a solo exhibition by Fadekemi Ogunsanya. Her postgraduate dissertation, titled "Diaspora, Identity and Representation in Non-Figurative African Photography" will soon be published in Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies, a peer-reviewed journal published at UCLA.










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