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.