The Invisible Borders, a Trans-African project is set to kick off events for the year.
“Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation” is an artist-led initiative founded by Emeka Okereke and registered as a non-profit organisation in Nigeria. The pioneer members and participants at the first project of the Organization include Ray Daniels Okeugo, Emeka Okereke, Uche Okpa – Iroha, Amaiza Ojeikere, Uche James Iroha, Nike Adesuyi Ojeikere, Lucy Azubuike, Charles Okereke, Chriss Aghana Nwobu and Unoma Giese. The organisation works with artists and individuals in contributing to the patching of numerous gaps and misconceptions posed by frontiers within the 54 countries of Africa through art and photography.
The first project this year is titled Trans-African: A Journal of Reflection on African Art and Visual Culture. Throughout 2016, three writers will write and publish essays on a monthly basis, related to topics that explore implications and use of imagery in the African historical context. By showcasing independent art writers from Africa the platform offers monthly reflections on images and visual phenomena connected to African visual culture. Rooted in historical and literary sources, the writing will consist of personal essays in which style mirrors content.
The journal is part of a long term publication project of criticism in book form. If you want to be considered as a contributor for 2017, send a query to [email protected] with the following details:
-A 500-word description of the essays you intend to write in the body of the email
-5 links to your work online or PDFs if published in a print journal –
All proposal should reach us by July 31 2016. Contributors will be compensated monthly.
The second event is Borders Within: The Trans-Nigerian Road-Trip, running from May 12th – June 26th 2016. Photographers, film makers and writers invited to participate in the six-week road trip will produce images and text that reflect impressionistic, yet critical readings of contemporary Nigeria. This implies that the artists will travel together in the same vehicle, all the while living, working and interacting with each other. The route will be fluid, allowing for detours, but equally encompassing. Beginning in and returning to Lagos, the artists will move circularly through several Nigerian cities and towns whose history shaped and continue to shape a contemporary Nigerian identity. Each participating artist will be tasked with developing one major body of work as a follow-up to the trip. Writers will be required to produce long travel essays (of up to 7,000 words), while photographers will be required to produce at least an encompassing body of work from the trip. In addition, Invisible Borders will present several short, personal narratives by residents of the towns and cities they travel through with the aim of creating a crowd-sourced narrative of contemporary Nigeria. The narratives, combined, will be made into a lengthy documentary film. Loose and non-linear, the film will underscore the improbability of reducing Nigeria to a single voice, or way of telling. For more information write to: [email protected] or [email protected]
Lastly, there is iVisible, Be The Story. It started from the work of the Organization across Africa where they witnessed stories that could only be told by the witnesses. In this regard iVisible is news, reflection, and narrative originating from onlookers.
Who can participate? iVisible welcomes submission of photographs and text which tell a story about an event related to Continental Africa and African Diaspora reality. Anyone from all walks of life can participate regardless of race, ethnicity or gender. You can only submit one photograph at a time accompanied by not more than 500 words of text.
Although they expect entries to range in subject matter, they will be on the lookout for iVisibles that revolves around an event, a place or a story. Ensure to read their terms and conditions before submitting. The best three entries of each month will be showcased on their website and disseminated across the Invisible Borders network via its newsletter and social media platforms. At the end of the year, a book publication will be made out of the best 36 entries. Two entries will be singled out for the iVisible Award and iVisible Special Prize respectively.
Share your story and submit all entries at: [email protected]
For more details on the project, visit www.invisible-borders.com/ivisible.