Djebba’s Cabaret

Djebba’s cabaret is the portrait of a young brewer of bilbil (Traditional millet beer). Djebba is a young woman who has trained as a teacher but has been unable to find work for 05 years. To survive in a big city like Ngaoundéré (Cameroon), she brews a…

Yiga Kaka (Cock Diagnosis)

In a small village in Northern Cameroon;  lives a respected Mboum head of the family with his many children.  The latter practices the Yiga kaka or Cockrel diagnosis where he earns his living by making the diagnosis and curing the sick throug…

We are Together

Jean Louis, a Central African living in the Cameroonian city of Ngaoundéré, is in search for a better life condition for him and his family. Ascanio is an Italian studying abroad, who is working to become a visual anthropologist. What will come out fro…

I, a Ngwazla

“I, a Ngwazala” is a cross-examination of the Ngwazla caste of Mafa society. It gives valuable insight into the lives of blacksmiths and how their culture is currently exposed to rapid transformation. This documentary presents Zayadai our key character…

Scrap is our Future

Scrap is our future is a film made about teenage garbage collectors in Ngaoundéré, a city in northern Cameroon. This film tells an intimate story of Dembélé an orphan, which since the death of his mother in 2015, has become responsible for his own life…

When a River Becomes a Border

Blangoua subdivision is the main Cameroonian window on Lake Chad. The Chari river which flows into the lake at the top of this town determines the border with Chad. The socio-cultural and economic proximity maintained by the population residing aroun…

Awoudou Ways of Seeing

Les attaques de Boko Haram ont poussées plusieurs habitants des zones frontalières du Cameroun et du Nigeria à désertés leurs villages natal. C’est ainsi que toute la famille D’Awoudou fut décimée pendant les attaques de Boko Haram à Kolofata en 2016. …

Married at 13, 13 Years Ago

  Synopsis (English) :  When Ammiya was 13 years old, while in her 6th year at school, her parents sent her to marriage without her consent. As is customary in the Fulani and Muslim communities in Cameroon, no one tried to stop this marriage….

Change of Perspective, Change of Life

Synopsis (English): The Oumarou family lived a nomadic way of life before settling on the outskirts of N’gaoundéré, in northern Cameroon.  Change of Perspective observes how the family adapts to their new life by focusing …

Introduction / Issue 33: After Douglas Crimp

Click here for the Table of Contents by Peter Murphy Featured images: T.L. Litt, Douglas Crimp, New York, 1990. (L) and Douglas Crimp, New York, 1990. (R). Images courtesy of the artist. When it was time to decide the topic for Issue 33 of InVisible Cu…

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Ann Reynolds

SHARING TIME IN THE ARCHIVES WITH DOUGLAS Douglas and I spent some time together in the archives, but not nearly enough time, as it turned out. Losing someone brings the constant sharing of things and experiences to an end, or at least, renders it one-…

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: T’ai Smith

Motherly Lessons I attached a longer, unedited version of the following text to an email I sent to Douglas on December 12, 2018, while he was undergoing radiation treatment. He was not well, and I hoped it would convey the extent of my love and gratitu…

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Kelly Long

Answer Louise Lawler’s question in October: “What would Douglas Crimp say?” Or, to follow the title of Lawler’s exhibition: Why Pictures Now? Pictures, for me, always—pictures, and poems (which hold on to ambiguity in the same way that pictures do). Pi…

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Janet Wolff

VCS in the 90s It’s now thirty years since I arrived in Rochester, taking over as VCS director from Mieke Bal in the program’s second year.  I think I am right in recalling that Douglas came the following year – 1992.  Michael Holly as Chair …

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Rachel Haidu

Mourning and Proximity in a Bad Time The last time I spoke to Douglas it was the week of my birthday. I had a lot to tell him: not only about the birthday party I’d thrown for myself but the trip I was about to take, with a former student of his who’d …

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Gaëtan Thomas

Answer Louise Lawler’s question in October: “What would Douglas Crimp say?” “I love Louise!” Imagine an alternative space to museums. Describe what this space might look like. As I translated Douglas’ essays into French, I tried to imagine the alternat…

After Douglas Crimp Questionnaire Response: Marc Siegel

Answer Louise Lawler’s question in October: “What would Douglas Crimp say?” Or, to follow the title of Lawler’s exhibition: Why Pictures Now? We could call it, “Why No Pictures Now.” Louise Lawler’s contribution to the section commemorating Douglas Cri…