Six-part series The New African Photography premieres on Monday 22 April 2013 on Al Jazeera English on Artscape. The programmes look at Africa through the eyes of its most acute observers: its photographers.
The six episodes are:
Invisible Borders (screening 22 April)
Nigerian Emeka Okereke is the founder of Invisible Borders, an annual photographic project that takes African artists on a road trip across the continent. Invisible Borders follows Okereke and fellow Nigerian photographer Lilian Novo on her most recent journey from Nigeria through Cameroon and Gabon.
The Red Dress (screening 29 April)
Barbara Minishi is a leading fashion photographer in Kenya. For her latest project, Minishi swapped skinny models for normal people, photographing a wide range of women all wearing the same red dress as a symbol of unity and national identity in the aftermath of the 2007 post-election violence in which more than 1,000 Kenyans were killed.
George Osodi (screening 6 May)
Nigerian George Osodi is a former Fuji African Photographer of The Year Award winner. He’s renowned for his hauntingly beautiful pictures of the oil devastation in the Niger delta.
Neo Ntsoma (screening 13 May)
South African Neo Ntsoma is the first woman recipient of the CNN African Journalist Award for photography. She revisits DJ Cleo and the stars of South Africa’s new democratic dawn to take new portraits and discover the effects of 20 years of freedom. Ntsoma moved away from news because she didn’t want to reinforce African stereotypes.
Congolese Dreams (screening 20 May)
Executive produced by Viva Riva director Djo Munga, Congolese Dreams follows photographer Baudouin Mouanda as he explores the idea of marriage in Congo. The Congolese photographer burst onto the global photographic scene with his colourful photographs of Brazzaville members of SAPE (The Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People).
Mario Macilau (screening 27 May)
Emmy-winning documentary director Francois Verster follows former street child Mario Macilau, as he uses photography to investigate the growing gap between rich and poor in Mozambique.
Watch and embed the promo for Invisible Borders: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8iIAzwtJOQ.
To watch a rough cut of Invisible Borders, visit http://vimeo.com/63410381 and enter the password ‘BORDERS’.