Award-winning African photography in the heart of the city

Image Afrique presents five works that have been awarded with the CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography in a large-format open air exhibition at the Theaterplatz in Basel.

Since 2012 an international jury consisting of personalities from the international photography scene has awarded five photographers annually with the CAP Prize. The winning artists’ work is either created in an African country or deals with a diaspora of the continent.

The CAP Prize is awarded by the CAP Association and contributes to the promotion of African photography within the art world, and to gaining publicity for artists whose work addresses the African continent.

The five prizewinners are invited to attend the vernissage in Basel. Following the exhibition in Basel the award-winning projects are shown at a series of international photography festivals such as LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria and Kerkennah01 in Tunisia. Thus the works are able to reach a broad, international audience that is brought face to face with a contemporary image of Africa.

After the exhibition cycle the exhibition banners that have travelled all over the world are processed into cloth bags and thus find a sustainable use and second life.

CAP Prize Exhibition
9 – 17 June, 2017
Theaterplatz, Basel

Vernissage: Friday, 9 June, 2017, 6.00pm
Theaterplatz, 4010 Basel

Everyday Africa in virtual and real space

A truly profound project that plays with realities realised through cooperation between Image Afrique, Tagxy Augmented Reality App and the Everyday Africa Project. The project runs for three weeks in the Basel city centre.

As part of the 2017 Image Afrique festival and with the aid of the Tagxy augmented reality app, digital content is displayed in place of advertising posters. Through the lens of the Tagxy camera, the real world is expanded with photographs from the Instagram project Everyday Africa. Users can scan the advertising posters in Basel’s city centre using their smartphones and in doing so experience the world of Everyday Africa. The images can be liked, commented on or shared on social media.

Everyday Africa fights against clichéd images of Africa that represent the continent as a place full of poverty, disease and war. Using the best photos from the celebrated online project that documents daily life on the African continent, the exhibition shows rare glimpses of unexpected beauty; the images redirect perceptions from sensationalised extremes to an ordered, familiar reality. The images and comments speak volumes about commonly held perceptions of Africa and simultaneously underline the continent’s increasingly intimate interconnectedness within a globalised world. 325,000 people follow Everyday Africa on Instagram, where it was started by Peter DiCampo and Austin Merril in 2012.

The project provokes complex engagement with perception, truth, expectations, reality and illusion, while at the same time aiming to draw the public’s attention to contemporary African photography.

Everyday Africa in Virtual Space
8 June – 2 July, 2017
Posters in the Basel city centre

Contemporary African Photography from Edition POPCAP

An exhibition at Hotel Heuler in Basel presents 13 works by winners of the CAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography.

The exhibition consisting of photographs from Edition POPCAP takes place in the Art Passage at Hotel Eulers in Basel. Hotel Euler was built in 1867 by Abraham Euler, renovated in 2015, and stands today for art, culture and the culinary arts. The exhibition comprises roughly 100 works from Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Kenya, Cameroon, Italy, Tunisia, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia and Egypt.

Edition POPCAP has been published annually since 2015 by the CAP Association and aims to promote African photography in the arts and generate more public exposure for artists whose work deals with the African continent. Every year the five winners of the CAP Prize are invited to take part in Edition POCAP.

Exhibited works are by Thom Pierce,  Julia Runge, Filipe Branquinho, Tahir Carl Karmali, Zied Ben Romdhane, Romaric Tisserand, Ilan Godfrey, Léonard Pongo, Dillon Marsh, Graeme Williams, Guillaume Bonn, Nabil Boutros, Paolo Patrizi

Edition POPCAP Exhibition

2 February – 24 June, 2017
Hotel Euler, Centralbahnplatz, Basel

The Sound of Language

Image Afrique Stadtsprachen is a multilingual literature program held as part of the 2017 Image Afrique festival.

Two reading sessions offer a unique voyage of discovery within the world of contemporary African literature, as well as the opportunity to engage with exceptional writers.

The Image Afrique festival advocates for cultural exchange and the conveyance of a contemporary view of Africa. Stadtsprachen is also concerned with cultural diversity – a festival and literature magazine from the Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V. that offers a platform for the multilingual, contemporary literature of Berlin.

Image Afrique brings Stadtsprachen to Basel with the help of Literaturhaus Basel. Six writers with African backgrounds living in the German-speaking world present both well-known and previously unreleased works from their literary canons, read in the original language. To conclude the event, actors will read the German translations of the texts; some of which have been translated specifically for this performance and will be heard here for the first time in German.

The readings are conducted in Tswana, Yoruba, Kiswahili, Songhai, English, French and German.

The readings are moderated by Acèle Nadale, literary scientist and founder of Afrolivresque, and Martin Jankowski, Berliner Literarische Aktion e.V., writer and editor in chief of Stadtsprachen magazine.

Image Afrique Stadtsprachen

Friday, 23 June, 2017, 7.30pm. Entry is free.
Naturbad Riehen: Weilstr. 69, 4125 Riehen

Henri Michel Yéré (Côte d'Ivoire/Switzerland)
Steve Mekoudja (Cameroon/Germany)
Mohomodou Houssouba (Mali/Switzerland)

Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 7.30pm. Entry is free.
Rhybadhüüsli St. Johann: St. Johanns-Rheinweg 50, 4056 Basel

Jùmọké Bọlanle Adéyanju (Nigeria/Germany)
Wilfried N'Sondé (Democratic Republic of the Congo/France/Switzerland)
Goitseone Montsho (South Africa/Germany)

In cooperation with: Stadtsprachen Magazin und Literaturhaus Basel

Africa in 24 images per second

A film series in Liestal’s Kino Sputnik presents films from six countries that tell present-day stories.

Between 18 and 21 June, 2017, Image Afrique will show six feature films from and about Africa in the Kulturhaus Palazzo’s Kino Sputnik. The curator of the film series is Eric van Grasdorff, a political scientist who organised the monthly film series African Reflections in Berlin’s Hackeche Höfe cinemas from 2004 to 2016. Van Grasdorff also managed the German branch of AfricAvenir for many years, which is a politically independent, non-profit and non-governmental organisation involved in the field of political education, and dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge from an African perspective, both in Africa and in Europe.

The exclusively contemporary films engage with controversial political and social topics of present-day Africa, such as women’s rights, racism and education.

The Tunisian film À peine j’ouvre les yeux from director Leyla Bouzid tells the story of fun-loving Farah who has just finished school and dreams of becoming a musician. It is the summer of 2010, tensions in the country are palpable, the lyrics of Farah’s band draw the attention of the secret service and the singer is soon confronted with the consequences of her music.

In her film Des Etoiles, the multi-award winning director Diana Gaye addresses the lives of her protagonists who are in exile in Turin, Dakar and New York, whose paths cross and diverge once again. In her film Gaye presents a a current picture of the situation for migrants with all its hardships, hopes and dreams.

The Swiss contribution to the program comes in the form of a comedy, Usgrächnet Gähwilers, a film that plays humorously with the dubious double standards of the Swiss petty bourgeoisie. The screening will take place following the a talk with the director Martin Guggisberg.

Image Afrique Film Series
June 18 – 21, 2017
Kino Sputnik, Kulturhaus Palazzo, Am Bahnhofplatz, Liestal


A public exhibition of posters at the Lindenberg presents Nigerian posters and counterparts created by young people as part of the 2017 Image Afrique festival.

The exhibited posters were developed by a photography class at the K’Werk Bildschule bis 16 - Schule for Gestaltung Basel in cooperation with the Basler Afrika Bibliographien and the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel.

Nigerian posters from the 1990s served as a source of inspiration. The posters from the Basler Afrika Bibliographien collection depict topics such as lifestyle, politics, sport and religion, often complemented by an annual calendar. The collages of magazine images are cheaply manufactured mass products that were sold at markets all over West Africa and used as wall decoration in private residences and small businesses.

In a workshop spanning a number of weeks, the young people at K’Werk asked themselves questions such as: What moves me? How do I present a topic? Where can I get the image detail? How does copyright work? Participants used the medium of photography to turn the answers into posters, which are contrasted in the exhibition by the sources of inspiration.

The posters will be displayed on the outer wall of the Lindenberg 10 in Kleinbasel for two weeks in a publicly accessible exhibition.

K’Werk Poster Exhibition

16 June – 2 July, 2017
Lindenberg 10, Basel

Image Afrique Festival 2016 | Ein Rückblick

Kurzer Retrospektiv-Film zum Image Afrique Festival 2016 vom September 2016.