Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative

Invisible Borders

October 19, 2011

Invisible Borders takes off on November 2nd, 2011 for their Third Photography Road Trip

Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative is proud to announce the third edition of their annual road trip project, taking place from November 2 to December 16, 2011.

The official kick-off for this year’s event will commence in Lagos, with twelve African artists, travelling about 12 000 km, all the way up to Addis Ababa, visiting on their way, the capitals and major cities of Nigeria, Tchad, Sudan, and Ethiopia. Once again, the approach will be a focus on revealing, through the art of photography, images of African life and people that usually go unnoticed in the media, all the while exploring themes centred on socio-political discourses prevalent on the continent.

With a group of ten photographers and two writers, who will capture the essence of the road trip in words, the 2011 Invisible Borders team will focus their mission on the creation of artistic works in collaboration with indigenous artists in the cities visited. The question of identity as it translates into style and modes of dressing, as well as issues such as Women’s Rights, the role of economic world powers in the shaping of the African economy, nature and wildlife preservation/sustainability, as well as conflicts in the African soil will be considered as topics to be explored.

On the final leg of this year’s adventure, upon arrival in Addis Ababa at the end of November, a workshop involving local photographers, along with an exhibition featuring a selection of works produced during the road trip, will take place at the Museum of Modern Art of Addis Ababa, in collaboration with its director, Aida Muluneh.

Following the success of the previous road trips, this year’s edition will also be made into a documentary film and book. Additionally, activities of the journey will be the case for exclusive online posts from the writers, photographers, video logs from the film crew, and real-time testimonies from participants as the journey unfolds. This can be accessed via Invisible Borders‘ blog ( and social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Creative Africa Network)…

This year’s participants are as follows: Amaize Ojeikere, Ray Daniels Okeugo, Chidinma Nnorom, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Emmanuel Iduma, Ala Khier, Unoma Giese, Kemi Akin-Nibosun,Tom Saater, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Jumoke Sanwo, Emeka Okereke.

For press inquiries, please contact Anna Djigo at [email protected].

About Invisible Borders

Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative is an art-led initiative, founded in Nigeria in 2009 by passionate Nigerian artists—mostly photographers—with a drive and urge to effect change. The vision of the initiative is to become a symbol of networking and trans-border associations within the arts and photography in Africa, but also to become a platform for young emerging talents in the continent, encouraging them to think beyond borders at the beginning of their creative quest.

The mission of the Initiative is to tell Africa’s stories, by Africans, through photography and inspiring artistic interventions; to encourage exposure of upcoming African photographers towards art and photography as practiced in other parts of the continent; to establish a platform that encourages and embraces trans-African artistic relationships, and to contribute towards the socio-political discourse shaping Africa of the 21st Century.

Their activities aim to cut through the local, national and international, and to create points of interactions between these levels, hence the name “Invisible Borders.”

Anna Djigo
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The 2011 Invisible Borders road trip is supported by: Arts Collaboratory, Canon Europe, Shoot Me Film + Music Festival Den Haag, French Cultural Centre Abuja, Institut Français de Tchad, Institut Français de France, Prince Claus Fund, Arts Move Africa, Goethe Institut Sudan, Demotix Online Photo Agency, Culture Concepts, New Museum of New York, Museum of Modern Arts Addis Ababa, Desta for Africa Ethiopia.