by Ladun Ogidan
The Trans-African Photographers Organization has embarked on its 5th edition of its Road Trip Project, Invisible Borders. This trip will be the collective’s first trans-continental road trip and will be from Lagos, Nigeria to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The road trip will assemble artists from diverse parts of the African continent whose previous works are well rooted in the reality of the African continent. It will be made up of photographers, writers, video artists, art historians and performance artists. There will be 14 participants and crew at every point in time and the journey will last for 151 days.
During the road trip, artists will explore and participate in photographic events, festivals and exhibitions while engaging on a daily basis with the environment and the people encountered. The emphasis is primarily on the collective journey of the participating artists who, during their momentary stops in major cities, create works, which are reflections of those encounters and exchanges. The artists will also maintain a daily blog, by which their experiences during the trip are shared with a larger audience all over the world, through photography, film and writing.
The Invisible Borders Road trip project was first launched in 2009 under the framework of the 8th edition of the Festival of Photography in Bamako, which coincidentally had Borders as its theme. The vision of the initiative is to become a symbol of networking and trans-border association within the arts in Africa. By providing a platform for emerging talents on the continent, the organization supports young artists in thinking beyond predefined borders.
The Invisible Borders Road trip commenced in Lagos on June 2 and runs till October 31, 2014.
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