Guy Woueté
CAMEROON
Guy Woueté divides his time between Antwerp and Douala. Born in Douala in 1980, he holds a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Erg (École Supérieure des Arts) in Brussels, and from the University of Paris 8. He has completed a two-year post-academic research at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Through the process of recording the real, through collages, montages, and performative processes, Guy creates objects and situations that are part of a network of multiple meanings. Evoking the North South axis of the world, his works open a narrative of social issues and aesthetic. Guy Woueté works here and elsewhere in Europe and Africa. Through the diverse realities that he faces, Guy breaks borders by bridging spaces, time, stories and identities. He collects moments and things of human experience that blend in installations, videos, sculptures, photos, collages and the artist’s books… Guy Woueté’s oeuvre always encompasses elements of social criticism and the questions of migration and the symbols of domination in the age of globalization.
Love Jungle
There is not one but various migration routes. I am a migrant and my experience of migration, even though unique, sets itself within the collective itinerary theoretically concerning those who are denied free movement. I left for Calais on 20 October 2016 after French President François Hollande’s speech caused much stir in the media and NGOs operating in Calais (26 September 2016). “We have to quickly and entirely dismantle the la Lande camp”. This declaration pronounced by the French President presented all aspects of a formal notice and it will keep echoing as such in the memory of all those migrants whose life has been nothing but a succession of formal notices. Migration, dissent, and transgression have always been characteristic of the living since time immemorial. The Jungle of Calais was a city apart until October 24th, 2016. A city with its places of worship, its bars and cafes, its mafia networks, its informal architecture that did not always rhyme with chaos, its inhabitants. All throughout my stay in Calais, I experienced and shared the solitude of migrants and hundreds of volunteers and other anonymous people who came with the certainty that all hope is not lost. Inside the Calais jungle, at the very heart of swarming disorder, something beyond words and images became elusive to me. Without manifesting itself through tangible facts, this positive feeling stimulates you and helps you live through the worst as if the victory of opponents/politicians turned into the evidence of its failure anyway. The dismantling of that shame of so-called civilised societies is no success, far from there, for that event is marking a turning point in the issue of how to deal with immigration in France. Regardless of whether the media accept so or not, the migrants in the Calais jungle tamed the anonymity, which sentenced them to violence and other xenophobic, racist and police aggressions. They tamed the anonymity which reduced them to the status of cattle without shepherd, bound for wildly tear down dehumanising political and monopolistic systems. I do hope these images will help people to better grasp the reasons for my interest in that place which I shall forever consider a Border Monument.

The Addis Foto Fest (AFF) was established in 2010 by award-winning photographer and cultural entrepreneur, Aida Muluneh. The festival is organized by Desta for Africa Creative Consulting PLC. AFF is a biennial international photography festival held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It has previously featured exhibitions, portfolio reviews, conferences, projections and film screenings in many different renowned venues. It is also the first and only international photography festival in East Africa.