Africa | 10.9.2020
Auckland Festival of Photography in New Zealand, are delighted to be partnering with the CAP Association to show the 2019 and 2020 winners of the CAP (Contemporary African Photography) Prize.
This is the time this series has been shown in the southern hemisphere, and the work will be projected at a city gallery and venues out of the city for the month of June.
In recent times the images and portraits by indigenous artists in Aotearoa (New Zealand) have led a to cultural renewal and awareness, so it’s a timely presentation in New Zealand of CAP’s focus on the work of predominantly African indigenous photographers. It redefines the gaze; the person behind the lens is genealogically and geographically a part of the community they are portraying allowing for more nuanced representations, reflecting the world around them. The images tell a multitude of stories, bringing to light the unique people and landscapes of a contemporary African experience to Aotearoa NZ.
The CAP Association is a not-for-profit association based in Basel, Switzerland which executes the CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography awarded annually to five photographic portfolios that engage with the African continent or its diaspora.
The CAP Prize aims to raise the profile of African photography within the arts and to encourage a rethinking of the image of Africa. The winners are selected by a panel of judges comprising 18 international curators, editors, publishers and artists.
To complement the presentation of the 2019 and 2020 winners at the Ellen Melville Centre, Benjamin Füglister, the Director of the CAP Prize and César Dezfuli, a CAP Prize Winner in 2020 will be in conversation with Lauren Heinz, former senior editor at the British Journal of Photography, now based in NZ over zoom. June 13th, NZT 11am.
About Auckland Festival of Photography
The Auckland Festival of Photography is a city-wide contemporary art and cultural event which takes place within Auckland’s major galleries, project spaces, non-gallery venues and public sites during June each year. The program includes a mix of emerging and established artists and comprises existing works and creation of new work. The annual Festival is produced by the Auckland Festival of Photography Trust.
About Cap Prize
The CAP Prize is the international Prize for Contemporary African Photography awarded annually since 2012 to five photographers whose works were created on the African continent, or which engage with the African diaspora.
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