Course Title: “Are You A Learner” – A Notion Of Representation

Course Code: TNI.ACP014Q1JAN

Course Fee: N 5,000.00

Duration: 17 March– 28 March 2014
10.00am – 4.00pm (Monday – Friday)

Location: Goethe Institut, Lagos.

“Are You A Learner” is a well-known Lagos/Nigerian street slang that is suggestive of an impression on the sight – a performance, simulation or pretence. It connotes an act of representation or misrepresentation in some sort.
This indigenous slang brings to the fore the complicated and vast meaning of representation. But it is more or less a reference to the action or fact of exhibiting in some visible image or form; the fact of expressing or denoting by means of symbolic action or exhibition by a person or group in a public space. In a different context, the slang may refer to the exhibition of an unbecoming or questionable character and action upon a public stage (be it the social gatherings, bus/stop, street corners, office spaces, schools etc.). In its complexity and confusion it is both the objective and subjective value – judgement of ‘The Fake’ versus ‘The Real’ and how this holds over time, particular in a later recognition of the uniqueness of the erstwhile ‘Fake’.

The meaning is overtly ambiguous and the workshop will explore the elements of interpretation involved in representation. The workshop will look into representation in terms of who represents, who is being represented, the purpose, historical moments of representation, location and strategy and the tone of representation.

The workshop will allow for flexibility in the choice of medium in answering this question.

What to bring:

Participants need to bring digital cameras, laptops, memory sticks, hard drives etc. Previous works as well as work in progress. A recent portfolio will be handy. As part of the introduction to the workshop, each participant is expected to prepare a visual presentation of his/her work preferable with power point.


If you are interested in photography and you want to learn. While there will be technical support offered, participants should know how to use a camera, functions of the camera and computer imaging.

Maximum umber of participants:

The TNI.ACP will give positions to 15 (fifteen) participants for this workshop.


Uche Opka-Iroha
The Nlele Institute | African Centre for Photography (TNI.ACP)


Call for submission is open from 15 January – 19 February, 2014.


This call is open to passionate artists/photographers who live in Nigeria. There is no age limit.


All submissions must be written in English.

1.Submit a biography between 200 – 300 words.
2.A self portrait photograph of 300 dpi Jpeg resolution.
3.A detailed Curriculum Vitae accompanied by a letter of interest not more than 300 words.
4.Submit 10 – 15 screen resolution images (72 dpi) of A4 size (297mm X 210mm), Jpeg files. Photographs can be either colour or black & white.
5.Each image must have a caption. These images should form a body of work/oeuvre and tell a story. The oeuvre must be accompanied by a critical text between 250 – 300 words.

Submissions must be received in the TNI.ACP email box by mid night 19 February, 2014. Selected applicants will be notified electronically by email. Send your entries to: tniacp.submissions@

Culled from: TNI.ACP blog


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