Photographer-in-Residence of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana to open exhibition at Alliance Française in Accra by Nuku Studio

French photographer from Martinique Robert Charlotte has been photographer-in-residence of Ghana’s first Nuku Photo Festival for the past month. Supported by Alliance Française of Accra, Institut Français – Ghana, Fondation Clément, and the Embassy of France in Ghana, he has been developing a new body of work in the framework of the project “Transatlantic artistic dialogues: Caribbean - West Africa”. The opening of his concluding exhibition entitled “CORRESPONDENCE” takes place at Alliance Française on 20 September 2018 at 18:30.

Robert Charlotte is one of 40 Ghanaian and international photographers who are part of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana, the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling. The festival runs from 12 to 21 September 2018. A variety of events – exhibitions, art talks, conferences, portfolio reviews, artist-in-residency, and more – take place in Accra, Tamale, Wa and Kumasi.

“We have offered Robert a safe and inspiring space, and our extensive network of photographers and creatives, from within Nuku Studio, as well as the broader local photography community we are engaging with,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.

Robert Charlotte was born in Martinique in 1966. He focuses on producing portraits, which powerfully express the collective history of places and individual trajectories, especially in the Caribbean. His residency at the Nuku Photo Festival is his first stay in Africa.

“In this photographic project, through portraits, places visited or places of creation, I try to live this buried feeling of intimacy; I try to take, see, feel and bring to life this transatlantic dialogue to finally envisage, with strength and determination, a lucid and serene future,” says Robert Charlotte.

“The Embassy of France in Ghana, the Institut Français - Ghana, the Alliance Française of Accra and the Fondation Clément are pleased to support the residency of the French photographer Robert Charlotte from Martinique and to present his concluding exhibition. This event is a part of the wider project “African-Caribbean Transatlantic Artistic Dialogues” meant to stimulate the creation of new works by crossing ideas, languages, aesthetics and African - Caribbean territories through cross-residencies and to encourage transnational artistic and cultural exchanges. This project illustrates our deep belief in the virtues of dialogue and mutual understanding through art and science. Therefore, we will also work toward pursuing exchanges with the French Caribbean next year,” says Frédéric Dart, Director of Alliance Française.

The exhibition will be open to the public until 14 October 2018. 

Nuku Photo Festival also collaborates with Alliance Française in Kumasi, where the exhibition “Women & Work” is organised in collaboration with Lensational. It showcases the first photography project of six young women and girls aged 14 to 28 from Ho whose work is now being exhibited outside of Ho for the first time.

For more information visit www.nukufestival.com, and www.afaccra.org.

 Photoy by Robert Charlotte

Photoy by Robert Charlotte

“Northern Ghana Life” photo exhibition to open in Tamale as part of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana by Nuku Studio

On 15 September 2018 in Tamale, the exhibition and book “Northern Ghana Life” will be launched in collaboration with Nuku Studio and Noorderlicht (House of Photography in The Netherlands). The exhibition showcases 11 Ghanaian and international photographers who have made a visual documentation of the society and landscape of Northern Ghana, as part of a research project with four universities, including University of Ghana in Legon and the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Wa and Tamale.

The exhibition is part of Nuku Photo Festival Ghana, the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling, running from 12 to 21 September 2018. A variety of events – exhibitions, art talks, conferences, portfolio reviews, artist-in-residency, and more – take place in Accra, Tamale, Wa and Kumasi.

The works of photographers Abdulai Adam (Ghana), Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong (Ghana), Geoffrey Buta (Ghana), Peter DiCampo (USA), Eric Gyamfi (Ghana), Francis Kokoroko (Ghana), Benedicte Kurzen (France), Gerard Nartey (Ghana), Seton Nicholas (Ghana), Nii Obodai (Ghana), and Patrick Willocq (France) allow a nuanced and visually dynamic photographic insight into the richness, beauty, and uniqueness of the region.

“Northern Ghana has rarely been the subject of collaborative photographic research, and in a historical and a photographic sense we may even go as far as to call it a terra incognita. The stories by the photographers invite us to explore the diverse and dynamic region that is Northern Ghana. They provide a visual interpretation of a largely undocumented landscape, and document its current state-of-affairs for future generations,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.

The photography project is in collaboration with an academic project involving four universities (University of Ghana in Legon, University of Development Studies in Wa and Tamale, Leiden University and University of Groningen, The Netherlands), and six PhD students who conducted research into the society and history of Northern Ghana, specifically on two peoples: the Dagomba and the Gonja.

The public event will take place at 11am at the Learning Centre for Photography and Research (former state printing house / across Alhassan Hotel, Dagomba Road), in the presence of dignitaries such as the Mayor of Tamale, representatives of Noorderlicht, Nuku Studio, and the participating universities. The exhibition will be open to the public until 15 November 2018.

An outtake of the exhibition will be presented in cooperation with UDS Wa Campus and Nubuke Foundation at the newly established Centre for Textiles and Clay in Loho, just outside of Wa. The opening date will be announced shortly.

 (c) Patrick Willocq

(c) Patrick Willocq

Programme of first Nuku Photo Festival Ghana to feature 40 photographers by Nuku Studio

Press Release

Ghana’s first photo festival – Nuku Festival – will run from 12 to 21 September 2018. A variety of events – exhibitions, art talks, conference, portfolio review, artist-in-residency, and more – will take place in Accra, Tamale, Wa and Kumasi. Some 40 Ghanaian and international photographers will invite the audience to discover photography from across Ghana and beyond.

“Nuku Photo Festival Ghana is the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling. Our vision is to create a space for artistic explorations and exchanges. For this first edition, we have curated a diverse programme in cooperation with local and international partners that showcases the works of 40 both established and up-and-coming photographers and visual artists,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.

The festival will open on 12 September 2018 at Jamestown Café in Accra, with an exhibition organised by photographers Francis Kokoroko and Eric Gyamfi. Under the title “Daily Graphic”, the exhibition pays tribute to Ghana’s foremost state-owned newspaper, while presenting another phenomenon of the daily ‘graphic’; the new modes of how photography is being used today, how it is produced, used and distributed thanks to digital developments of recent years. It features the works of several Ghanaian and Ghana-based photographers, including Nana Kofi Acquah, Ofoe Amegavie, Deryk Owusu Bempah, George Alhassan, Ruth MacDowall, and others.

On 14 September, the exhibition “Women & Work”, organised in collaboration with Lensational, will open at Alliance Française in Kumasi. It showcases the first photography project of six young women and girls aged 14 to 28 from Ho who have found a new voice in photography to express themselves and their view of the world they live in.

On 15 September in Tamale, the exhibition and book “Northern Ghana Life” will be launched in collaboration with Nuku Studio and Noorderlicht (House of Photography in The Netherlands). For three years, 11 Ghanaian and international photographers have made a visual documentation of the society and landscape of Northern Ghana: Abdulai Adam, Dennis Akuoku-Frimpong, Geoffrey Buta, Peter DiCampo, Eric Gyamfi, Francis Kokoroko, Benedicte Kurzen, Gerard Nartey, Seton Nicholas, Nii Obodai, and Patrick Willocq.

An outtake of this exhibition will be presented in cooperation with University for Development Studies Wa Campus and Nubuke Foundation at the newly established Centre for Textiles and Clay in Loho, just outside of Wa. The opening date will be announced shortly.  

On 17 September, at BaseCamp Initiative in Accra, a Conference organised in cooperation with Nubuke Foundation will explore various perspectives of the photography business. Moderated by Bianca Manu (Nubuke Foundation), speakers such as David Campbell, World Press Photo Foundation; Victoria Cooke, Gallery 1957; Korieh Duodu, Egality Law; Christine Cibert, Maputo-based curator; and others; will share their expertise on a variety of topics including story-telling, the reality of the photography market and professional art community, and copyrights.  

On 18 September at Nuku House, Accra’s photographers have the opportunity to take part in a Portfolio Review with photographers Nana Kofi Acquah and Nii Obodai, Marc Prüst (Nuku Photo Festival), and David Campbell (World Press Photo Foundation). In the evening, the photography community is invited to the Nuku House for an evening of networking, exchanges, music and more.

Also on 18 September, at Jamestown Café in Accra, two exhibitions will open: “Madrinhas de guerra: outside of darkness, inside the light” by Mozambican photographer Amilton Neves, curated by Christine Cibert; and “Foreseen: New Narratives from the African Photojournalism Database (APJD)”. The later is a collaboration with World Press Photo Foundation and Everyday Africa. It showcases works of 13 emerging visual storytellers – chosen out of the APJD’s community of 350 photographers from various African countries. Their ambition is to challenge external perceptions of the African continent, and redefine what should be seen, and how, in the future. Exhibiting photographer Leke Alabi-Isama (Nigeria) and David Campbell will be present.

On 19 September, a gathering at Nuku House in Accra organised in collaboration with Nuku Studio, Nubuke Foundation and Lensational will be dedicated to “Women in Photography”. We work to encourage and support more women to enter the photography scene, which is still very male-dominated. The event will invite for an open exchange about opportunities and challenges of female photographers, and showcase a series of female voices, including Accra-based photographers Elsie A. Tachie-Menson (Ghana), Ruth McDowall (New Zealand) and Natalija Gormalova (Latvia).

On 20 September, at Alliance Française in Accra, an exhibition by Nuku Festival photographer-in-residence Robert Charlotte will open. The photographer from Martinique will present a new body of work, developed during his one-month residency which is supported by Institut Français, Fondation Clément, Alliance Française Accra, and the Embassy of France in Accra.

On 21 September at Gallery 1957 in Accra, the Nuku Festival will close – with an exhibition opening. Founder’s Day is perfect timing to open the exhibition “Life According to James Barnor”. It will showcase Barnor’s photographs of Ghana and the United Kingdom from 1948 to 1980. The exhibition is organised in collaboration with Gallery 1957 and Galerie Clémentine de la Féronnière, and supported by Institut Français, Alliance Française Accra, and the Embassy of France in Accra. The open event will also include an Art Talk, a closing reception and a concert.

More exhibitions and art talks will take place throughout the festival week, amongst others, at @TheStudioAccra. A series of screenings of photographic works from across the continent will be organised in various communities across Accra in collaboration with Everyday Africa. Details to be announced shortly.

 Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah

Photo: Nana Kofi Acquah

Ghana’s First Photo Festival to kick off in September 2018 by Nuku Studio

Press Release

Nuku Photo Festival Ghana is the country’s first festival for photographic encounters, exchanges, and story-telling. Organised by Nuku Studio, it will take place from 12 to 21 September 2018 across various venues in Accra, Tamale, Wa and Kumasi. The Festival will bring together both local and international photographers and visual artists.

The Festival is created to offer a space for artistic explorations and exchanges. The participating artists – both established ones and young talents – have a unique opportunity to share their work with an international audience and their peers.

“Nuku Studio is a space, an institution, a community that provides an innovative and productive support system for sustainable artistic and professional photographic practice. We feel, it is time to connect the photography scene in Ghana and abroad via a photo festival. The Festival is in line with Nuku Studio’s vision to create and grow a self-sustained photography community and network, and offer a safe space for photographers and visual artists to meet, experiment, and exchange, to inspire and be inspired, to challenge and be challenged,” says Nii Obodai, Founder of Nuku Studio and Director of Nuku Photo Festival.

Furthermore, the Festival organisers invite the audience to experience the power of story-telling and the power of photography as a means to document and stimulate societal change, and discover visual stories from Ghana, Africa and beyond.

Key partners of Nuku Studio in organising the festival include World Press Photo Foundation, Nubuke Foundation, Institut Français, Fondation Clément, Alliance Française Accra, Gallery 1957, Everyday Africa, and Noorderlicht (House of Photography in The Netherlands).

The Festival includes a variety of events – exhibitions, art talks, conferences, portfolio reviews, artist-in-residency, community events, and more. Exhibitions include, amongst others, works by Ghanaian photographers, an exhibition showcasing a photography project on Northern Ghana (produced by Noorderlicht and Nuku Studio) in Tamale, an exhibition on the African Photojournalism Database (by World Press Photo and Everyday Africa), and an exhibition by James Barnor at Gallery 1957 in Accra. The full programme will be announced in August.

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