Discussion and workshop "Open Call for a Photography Portfolio Review"

Open Call for a Photography Portfolio Review © Mulugeta Ayene

Wed, 01.06.2016 -
Fri, 03.06.2016

Goethe-Institut Addis Abeba

What is a portfolio review?

The portfolio review is a platform to present your work of photography to a group of well-known photographers, curators and photo journalists. In one-to-one sessions with the experts you will have the chance to discuss your work and get constructive feedback on artistic and presentational issues.

The program:

You will have individual review sessions with all of the five experts. Each session will be 10-15 minutes long. There will also be activities for the whole group of participants: five input sessions on different topics by the experts, and a public panel discussion. On the last day we will discuss future activities of the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa in the area of photography.

Date and Venue:

1-3 June 2016, Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa

Who can apply?

Everybody is invited to apply if you
  • have a cohesive body of work – a portfolio that will have a maximum of 30 carefully selected images that will show the best work by you
  • are able to articulate your concept and vision if necessary
  • can present your work in a professional manner – printed, or presented on a laptop/tablet as a presentation. The images can also be given to the reviewer on a flash disc, as long as they are clearly marked (separate folder/presentation format)
  • have the time and are willing to participate in the whole three days of the workshop
How can I apply?

Please send a short introduction/bio about yourself and your experience in photography to introduce yourself and tell us about your background. Please send your email tojulia.sattler@addis.goethe.org
Application deadline:

We would need your application latest by Friday, 20 May. Places are limited, so participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis.

The reviewers:      
Katrin Peters-Klaphake

Katrin Peters-Klaphake is a curator at Makerere Art Gallery/Institute for Heritage Conservation and Restoration (IHCR) and lecturer at Margaret Trowell School of Industrial and Fine Arts (MTSIFA), Makerere University, Kampala. She is in charge of the exhibition program and the care of the gallery’s art collection. Among others, she co-curated the local section of the exhibition project Visionary Africa – Art at Work 2012 in Kampala and was a founding member the Kampala contemporary art festival KLA ART 012 in the same year. Recent activities include collaboration with History In Progress Uganda photography project, serving as a jury member for the annual Uganda Press Photo Award and being on the curatorial team of the Portfolio Meetings, a master class for photographers in Africa.  She co-authored “Just Ask! From Africa to Zeitgeist” (Ed. by Simon Njami, Berlin 2014) a handbook style publication for photographers. Currently, Peters-Klaphake is co-curating the international exhibition KABBO KA MUWALA - The Girl’s Basket. Migration and Mobility in Contemporary Art in Southern and Eastern Africa and working on a longer-term research project on African Modernism and collection histories in collaboration with the Museum of World Cultures, Frankfurt, and the Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth.

John Fleetwood

John Fleetwood is the director of Photo: a platform that develops, curates and commissions photography projects, working especially with emerging photographers from the African continent. He is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Fleetwood recently co-curated Against Time an exhibition of emerging photographers (Bamako Encounters, 2015). He co-commissioned A Return to Elsewhere, a collaborative photography project on communities and dis/connect, between Kalpesh Lathigra (UK) and Thabiso Sekgala (SA) for the Brighton Photo Biennial 2014 and the Joburg Photo Umbrella 2014. He is the curator of Photoquai 2013: Africa (Paris, 2013) and co-curator for Transition - a collaboration between South African and French photographers about South African land and the role that photography continues to play in the representation and re-imagining of this land (Johannesburg, 2012 & Rencontres d’Arles, 2013).
He closely works with the Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa and other institutions of learning and mentorship. From 2002-2015 he was the Head of the Market Photo Workshop, a school, gallery and project space in Johannesburg.
International Platforms
  • Jury member, Pride Photo Awards, 2016
  • Nominator, Prix Pictet, 2016
  • Nominator, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Awards, since 2009
  • Nominator for The Gabriele Basilico International Prize of Architecture and Landscape Photography, Milan, Italy, 2015
  • Jury member for POPCAP, International Prize for Contemporary African Photography, since 2014
  • Judge for Tokyo International Photography Awards
Michael Tsegaye

Born in 1975, Michael Tsegaye lives and works in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He received his diploma in painting from Addis Ababa University’s School of Fine Arts and Design in 2002, but soon gave up painting after he developed an allergy to oil paint. He subsequently found his real passion in photography and has made of it not only a profession, but a way of expressing a very particular voice.

Mulugeta Ayene

MulugetaAyene is an award winning Ethiopian photojournalist and a fine art photographer living in Addis Ababa.
His photos have been used by international media outlets including the Associated Press (AP) and Agence France-Presse (AFP). 
His photographic career has also led him to work for Prominent International Organizations like UNICEF Ethiopia, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and International Rescue Committee to mention a few.
Mulugeta has a diverse photographic portfolio working including working for a prominent English language weekly business oriented newspaper based in Addis Ababa Capital and Africa’s largest road race competition Great Ethiopian Run. 
His works have won him multiple awards including the first prize in photojournalism in the “Excellence in Journalism” competition organized by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Ethiopia(FCAE) for two straight years 2011 and 2012 as well as coming on top for the 2012 edition of the India-Africa photo contest.
Mulugeta has also shared his photography related experiences and knowledge outside of Ethiopia in countries such as Spain and Latvia.
Ala Kheir

Ala Kheir is a Sudanese photographer. His photographic scope covers a wide range of subjects and styles with an aim of self-reflection on the subjects that come across his eye. He work draws on the similarities and differences in landscapes, architecture and historic influences with an intimate and intuitive eye.
Ala is also active in photography education and development in Sudan and currently the director of Sudanese photographers group, a group that focuses in promoting and developing photography in Sudan.
Additional information

Some of the participants will have the chance to exhibit an example of their work in the hall of the Goethe-Institut Addis Ababa in July/August.