Ishola Akpo is a Beninese photographer and multimedia artist. Mixed images blending reality and fiction form at the heart of his work. In 2008, his contribution to the Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art in Port-au-Prince marked the start of his career as a photographer. Since then, he has received several prizes, including that of the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the ‘Freelens du Webdoc’ at the Toulouse Photography Festival.
His work was exhibited at the eleventh Aleppo International Photography Festival in Syria, the Photo Off festival in Paris, as part of the ‘Festival des nouveaux cinémas documentaires’, Périféériques #1 and #2, the ‘Rencontres de la photographie’ festival in Arles, and Festival Afreaka in Brazil. In 2013, he was given a place on the ‘Visa pour la création’ residency scheme with the Institute Français in Paris. Through this, he developed his project Pas de flash s’il vous plaît !, a series presented in the form of a personal performance and exhibition at the Institut français in Cotonou in 2014. In 2016, his series L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux was presented as part of the Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria.