POPCAP '13 - This is it!

The POPCAP '13 international panel of judges chose 5 submissions to be awarded with POPCAP '13 - the piclet.org Prize for Contemporary African Photography comprising:

An exhibition during Art Basel in Basel Switzerland from June 6 until June 23, 2013
An exhibition at PhotoIreland in Dublin, Ireland, opening on July 14, 2013
An exhibition at Lagos Photo Festival in Lagos, Nigeria, opening on October 18, 2013
The artists work will be included in the piclet.org artist directory
The winners have the chance to get published in European Photography Magazine


POPCAP '13 - The Exhibitions

POPCAP '13 at Lagos Photo Festival, Lagos, Nigeria


Friday, October 25, 2013
6 pm, Ocean View, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Official opening: 
Saturday, October 26, 2013 
6 pm, Ocean View, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria


POCPAP '13 at PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, Ireland
Opening July 14, 7 pm, Moxie Studios, Dublin

Moxie Studios, Pembroke row, Lad Lane, Dublin 2
Opening day: 7 pm Thursday 11 July
Dates: 11– 14 July
Opening hours: 11 – 6 pm

Occupy Space, No. 7 Rutland St., Limerick
Dates: 18 – 21 July
Opening hours: Daily 12 – 6 pm

CIT Crawford College of Art and Design Sharman Crawford Street, Cork
Opening day: 6 – 8 pm Wed 24 July
Dates: 24 – 31 July
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm / Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

POPCAP '13 at Münsterplatz, Basel, Switzerland 
June 6 – 23


Thursday 6 June, 5 pm POPCAP ‘13 opening, Münsterplatz and Museum der Kulturen Basel

Sunday 9 June, 2 pm – 5 pm Stroll through the exhibitions and hear talks on Africa through Images. Meeting place: Museum der Kulturen. Your guides are:

Fiona Siegenthaler, CH, PhD, Institute of Social Anthropology, University of Basel
Esther Baur, CH, Master of the Rolls Basel-Stadt
Azu Nwagbogu, NG, Director PhotoLagos Festival & African Artists Association
Paul Jenkins, GB, Historian, fmr Keeper of the Records Basler Mission, bmpix.org

June 6 – 16, 10 am – 5 pm Exhibition at the Museum der Kulturen Basel displaying works by young artists from K‘werk, Basel School of Design, and workshop participants of thebblackboxx, No Border Academy, an art space located near the city‘s reception and processing centre for asylum seekers.


POPCAP '13 - The Jury

Florian Ebner, Curator, Essen, Germany

Florian Ebner was born in 1970 in Regensburg, Germany. He successfully completed his diploma at the National School for Photography in Arles, France in 1994 and later studied Art History and Romance Languages at the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. After having worked for two years as assistant curator for the Tate Modern in London and the Folkwang Museum in Essen, he took up the position of provisional manager of the Berlinischen Galerie's photography collection. From 2009 to 2011 he managed the Braunschweig Photographic Museum and since December 2012 has worked as manager of photography for the Folkwang Museum in Essen.

Benjamin Füglister, Artist, Berlin, Germany

Berlin-based artist Benjamin Füglister was born in 1978 in Zurich, Switzerland. In his work Füglister explores the interchange between photographic media and modern society, and questions social conventions and their visual transformation. His main focus is how photography can be used as an interface to observe, and as a medium to visualize, change in the idea of men. In 2009 he founded piclet.org, a platform for hand-picked photographers' portfolios, in order to counteract the leveling of photography via the fostering of democratic processes on the internet.

Ángel Luis González Fernández, Festival Director, Dublin Ireland.

Originally from Spain, Ángel Luis González Fernández has been living and working in Ireland for the past 14 years. On the 6th of March 2009, he founded PhotoIreland: an organisation dedicated to stimulate a dialogue around Photography in Ireland. In 2010, he launched Ireland's first international festival of Photography & Image Culture: The PhotoIreland Festival. It will celebrate its 4th edition on July 2013. For the work done on the development of the organization he was honoured with the 2011 David Manley Arts Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2011, PhotoIreland celebrated Ireland's first Book & Magazine Fair, dedicated to Photography. It was the germ of The Library Project, a unique public resource library focused on the photobook opened this year in Dublin, and currently holding over 700 publications. He has developed other cultural events around Photography, like Après Paris: an informative event conceived specially for those local audiences who can't make it to Paris in November, when the city becomes the epicentre for Photography around the Paris Photo fair. Ángel is Co-author of Martin Parr's Best Books of the Decade, a book published in 2011 to coincide with the exhibition of the same name held at the National Photographic Archive in Dublin.

Bohnchang Koo,
Artist, Seoul, Korea

Bohnchang Koo currently lives and works in Seoul, Korea. Koo’s work has always dealt with the passage of time. He captures still and fragile moments, attempting to reveal the unseen breath of life. He is a highly regarded teacher and curator and achieved his diploma in photography at the Fachhochschule in Hamburg, Germany in 1985. His work has been exhibited in 32 solo exhibitions in Korea, Japan, Germany, France, Denmark, USA.

Michket Krifa, Curator, Paris, France

Michket Krifa is an independent curator, author and consultant for visual arts in the Middle East and Africa. She lives and works in Paris and has been the artistic director of the 8th and 9th Bamako Encounters, African Biennial of Photography since 2009. Michket Krifa collaborates with many institutions and has organized Middle Eastern and African photography events in Europe and abroad. She has written many essays and articles on photography and has edited books and catalogues.

Lesley A. Martin, Publisher, New York, USA

Lesley A. Martin is the publisher for the Aperture Foundation’s book program and director of content for the foundation as a whole. Her writing on photography has been published in such publications as Aperture, American Photo, and DoubleTake, and she has edited over sixty-five books of photography. In 2008 she was named by PDN as one of the fifteen most influential people in photobook publishing, and along with Martin Parr, Tim Barber, and Kathy Ryan, was one of the inaugural curators for the New York Photo Festival. Martin teaches a course titled “What Makes a Photobook Work” at the International Center for Photography and is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Aïda Muluneh, Artist, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent an itinerant childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000 she graduated with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in film from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post and other publications. As an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United States. She is the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie in Bamako, Mali, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography in Spilimbergo, Italy. Aïda is the founder and director of the first international photography festival in Ethiopia, the Addis Foto Fest. She continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa in Addis Ababa.

Jürg Schneider
, Historian, Basel, Switzerland

Jürg Schneider is a researcher affiliated with the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel. He received his PhD on the early history of African Photography in 2011, and his writings on historical and contemporary African photography and photography in Africa have appeared in various journals and books. He is co-founder of www.africaphotography.org, a website dedicated to African photographers who have made profound contributions to the visual creation of the continent since the 19th century. He is also co-founder of www.african-photography-initiatives.org, a website involved in various projects with the common goal of promoting Africa’s rich photographic heritage; in particular the protection of African photo archives as places of historical visual memories through conservation measures, digitization and storage.

Jeanne Mercier, Curator, Paris, France

Jeanne Mercier is the co-founder and chief editor of Afrique in Visu, the first photography exchange platform and network in Africa. She wrote her thesis on the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie. Mercier works closely with the Artistic Council of Festivals and Artists and is currently conducting research regarding photographers in northern Africa. She is particularly interested in the emergence of new forms of photographic distribution in Africa.


Andreas Müller-Pohle, Artist and Publisher, Berlin, Germany

Andreas Müller-Pohle is a Berlin-based media artist and publisher. He studied Economics and Communication at the Universities of Hanover and Göttingen and, in 1979, founded European Photography, an independent art magazine for contemporary photography and new media. His first photography projects focused on questions of photographic perception, later on photo recycling, and starting in the mid-1990s, on exploring the use of digital, genetic and political codes. In his most recent works he addresses the subject of water with extensive portraits of the Danube river and the metropolis of Hong Kong. As a publisher Müller-Pohle has issued the major works of media philosopher Vilém Flusser, available today in the ten-volume Edition Flusser and including the seminal Philosophy of Photography which has been translated into over 20 languages. In 2001 Müller-Pohle was awarded the European Photography Prize by the Reind M. De Vries Foundation. He has authored numerous texts on photo theory, among others on visualism, and has been a visiting professor and instructor.

Moritz Neumüller,
Curator, Barcelona, Spain

Moritz Neumüller, born in Linz, Austria in 1972, is a curator, educator and writer in the field of Photography and New Media. He holds a Masters in Art History and a PhD in Information Management and has worked for several important art institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, PhotoEspaña in Madrid and LOOP in Barcelona. He is currently working as the festival curator of PhotoIreland in Dublin and is directing a study program for the Istituto di Design in Madrid called European Master of Fine Art Photography. Since 2010 he has run the The Curator Ship, an online resource for visual artists.

Azu Nwagbogu, Curator, Lagos, Nigeria

Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists. Established in 2007, the AAF organises art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists. Nwagbogu is also the founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifacated stories of Africa. Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos.

Laura Serani, Curator, Paris, France

A curator, critic and consultant, Laura Serani is the art director of the two most recent Rencontres de Bamako, African Biennial of Photography, held in Mali in 2009 and 2011. She was the artistic director of the 2008 edition of the Mois de la Photo in Paris, director of the Si Fest in Italy in 2007 and 2008, and was previously in charge of the collections of the Fnac Galleries in Europe, Brazil and Taiwan. She is the author of several books including La fotografia tra storia e poesia (Mazzotta), Malick Sidibé, La vie en rose (Silvana Editoriale), Borders in 2009 as well as For a sustainable world in 2011 (catalogs of the Rencontres de Bamako, Actes Sud), Inside Niger of Nicola Lo Calzo (Kehrer Verlag) and Malick Sidibé (Collection Photo Poche / Actes Sud). Laura Serani lives in Paris.

Anne Wilkes Tucker, Curator, Houston, USA

Anne Wilkes Tucker has been the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) since 1976. Ms. Tucker has organized more than seventy exhibitions, many with award-winning catalogues, including retrospectives on the works of Louis Faurer, Richard Misrach, Ray K. Metzker, Robert Frank, and Brassai. She has received two grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust for her research on the French photographer Brassaï, a Mellon Fellowship from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, a special award from Photographic Society of Japan, an alumnae achievement award from Randolph Macon Woman’s College and a lifetime achievement award from the Griffin Museum.  In 2001 she was selected as America’s Best Curator by Time magazine in an issue devoted to “America’s Best.”  "WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: photographs of armed conflict and its aftermath" opened this fall at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston to great critical acclaim. The Dora Maar Fellowship provided both time and a place to concentrate on this project.


POPCAP '13 - The Partners

POPCAP '13 is a grass root oriented organisation. We collaborate with a variety of partners in order to execute our prize, the exhibitions, workshops, talks and publications. We are very glad to have received such good feedback on the 2012 edition that we could convince the fine old and new partners listed below. If you are intrested in joining our team of partners please contact us here.


POPCAP '13 - Prize Partners



POPCAP '13 - Exhibition Partners



POPCAP '13 - Communication Partners


POPCAP '13 - Sponsors