“Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation” is an artist-led initiative founded by Emeka Okereke and registered as a not-for-profit organisation in Nigeria. The pioneer members and participants at the first project of the Organization include Ray Daniels Okeugo, Emeka Okereke, Uche Okpa – Iroha, Amaiza Ojeikere, Uche James Iroha, Nike Adesuyi Ojeikere, Lucy Azubuike, Charles Okereke, Chriss Aghana Nwobu and Unoma Giese.
The Organisation works with artists and Individuals in contributing to the patching of numerous gaps and misconceptions posed by frontiers within the 54 countries of Africa through art and photography. Beyond that, the organisation hopes to expand its activities beyond issues that relate to geographic borders and other forms of discriminating parameters in photography and arts. It is a platform that also stands as a symbol of exchange of ideas between cultures and people. Read our manifesto for more of our ideals.
As a reflection of our name, our flagship project is The Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip Project, a project where about a dozen artists (including photographers, writers, filmmakers and performance artists) collectively take road trips across Africa to explore and participate in various photographic events, festival 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 capital cities, create photographic, video and textual works that often reflect their individual approach to engaging with local artists, art practitioners and the inhabitants. They also collaborate intensively with colleagues from each of the countries involved. Read more about the Road Trip project.
Other projects of the organisation includes The Trans-African – a Journal of Reflection on African Art and Visual Culture , iVisible – a platform open to the public to participate and share individual stories related to their African and African Diaspora Experiences and Borders Within 2016 – A Road Trip across Nigeria, mapping diversity across regions, states and ethnic formations in Post-Colonial Nigeria.
All of these projects intertwine to sustain a circulatory system of exchange across many facets of social divides within the African reality, taking the African Continent as a point of departure. The organization has participated in / organized a number of workshops and exhibitions, as well as other trans-African projects. In 2015, Invisible Borders participated in the 56th Venice Biennale of Arts with the project A Trans-African World Space.
We have earned the support of numerous partners across the African continent, in Europe and North America. Our work has been featured by Al-Jazeera, CNN, Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, etc. In 2015, Invisible Borders was named one of the 100 Leading Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. To contact us, use the contact page and specify which of our offices you are interested in reaching. You can be a part of our the Invisible Borders community by participating, or volunteering. You can also support by funding our projects. Here is a video directed at potential partners and funders