Addis Foto Fest 2012

Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting

The Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting, initiated by the Goethe-Institut South Africa, has been taking place annually since 2008. It is a closed portfolio reading for young sub-Saharan African photographers with curators both from this region and further afield.

The first Photographers’ Portfolio Meeting was set to coincide with the FotoFesta Maputo 2008, with the second held within the framework of the Rencontres de Bamako 2009. In 2010, the Goethe-Institut continued the series with the third workshop that took place during the inaugural Addis Foto Fest, with the Goethe-Institut initiative running from 6-10 December 2010.

Following the format first implemented in Maputo 2008, the 2010 workshop saw the selected photographers from all over sub-Saharan Africa meet with five museum directors and independent curators, who critically engaged with the photographers’ work. During the workshop, time was also dedicated to a peer review process, and presentation of research.

The workshop encouraged professional engagement between curators and photographers, criticality in regards to produced work, and networking across the region. The professional development of the individual photographers was of great importance, and with each new edition, stock was taken of the progress and interest of the participants, with a selection moving forward the next year.

The location was also key in promoting networking: the curators’ meeting is always set to coincide with a major art or photography event on the continent, which provides a further framework for engagement and exposure to other photographers’ work within the larger set infrastructure.





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