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PhotoForum Live: Helen Starr and Azu Nwagbogu

9 June 15:00 - 16:30

PhotoForum Live: Helen Starr and Azu Nwagbogu

PhotoForum Live is a series of inspirational talks between leading photographers, curators, producers and industry professionals which will take place every Tuesday at 3PM throughout June and July.

Independent Curator and Producer Helen Starr will be in conversation with Azu Nwagbogu, Director of African Artists Foundation and LagosPhoto.

Helen Starr is a Afro-Carib curator and producer who moved to the UK from Trinidad in the early 90’s. She founded The Mechatronic Library in 2010, to enable artists and museums to create artworks using new media technologies, such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).

She has worked with award winning public institutions such as the South London Gallery, FACT in Liverpool and QUAD in Derby. Helen is interested in how Virtual, AI and digital systems no longer simply model physical reality, but also shape the way we behave and act with or without our knowledge and consent.

These digital artworks are showcased in thought provoking multimedia exhibitions accompanied by insightful public programmes. Community, healing and learning are the core of her practice.

Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. He was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019.

He also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art.

Azu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organisations such as Lensculture and Magnum.

For the past 20 years, he has curated private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in Africa. Nwagbogu obtained a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cambridge. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

This Photoforum talk will take place via Zoom and will be live streamed to the FORMAT Facebook events page. Registration is FREE with an optional donation to support FORMAT events and artists. Please click the booking link to secure your place.

You will receive a link to the talk once you have registered. All attendees video and audio functions will be turned off and there is no requirement to have a Zoom account to attend.

Please do not share your access link with anyone who is not pre-registered.