Public Program:
“The Ungovernables” Artist Talk: Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project with Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Emeka Okereke, and Jumoke Sanwo Discussant: Gabi Ngcobo, Center for Historical Reenactments, Johannesburg
February 18 2012
Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project is an artist-led initiative with a drive and urge to effect change in society. The vision of the initiative is to become a symbol of networking and trans-border associations within the arts and within the field of photography in Africa. In addition, it is to become a stepping stone for emerging talents in the continent, in such a way that it creates a breeding ground for young artists to think beyond borders at the beginning stage of their creative quest. The mission of the initiative is: To tell Africa’s stories, by Africans, through photography and inspiring artistic interventions; to encourage the exposure of up-and-coming African photographers to art and photography as practiced in other parts of the continent; to establish a platform that encourages and embraces trans-African artistic relationships within the continent; and to contribute to the sociopolitical discourse shaping twenty-first century Africa. The goal is to constantly spread and share knowledge and information, cutting across the demarcating lines of class and literacy, thereby expanding the art public to include more of the local audience and the “layman.” The activities aim to cut through the local, national, and international, and to create points of interaction between these various levels, hence the name “Invisible Borders.” Invisible Borders includes: Nike Adesuyi-Ojeikere, Kemi Akin-Nibosun, Lucy Azubuike, Emmanuel Iduma, Uche James-Iroha, Ala Khier, Chidinma Nnorom, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Amaize Ojeikere, Emeka Okereke, Charles Okereke, Ray-Daniels Okeugo, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Tom Saater, and Jumoke Sanwo.
Courtesy the artist and New Museum, New York