features the visual and written contributions by young storytellers from all over Africa.
KLAYM is an independent association founded in 2015. We are dedicated to support and train young talents in photography, video production, graphic media design and writing who are facing limited access to long-term professional training in African countries with little national funding structures. The association is committed to giving their authentic stories a global exposure. We believe in the claim of young professionals to tell their own story.
For this, KLAYM not only supports creative talents but also opens and distributes their work to a broader audience.
KLAYM leads workshops for young professionals in media and design with local and international instructors in various countries in Africa. The aim is to strengthen the participants in their individual visions and narratives.
Each workshop not only sets a strong focus on practical aspects of conceiving and producing a story. It also trains the business skills of our participants and teaches them methods to establish longterm relationships with clients.
On a second level the workshops provide the young initiators with the infrastructure to create their own magazine showcasing the subjects they deal with in their work. Each workshop leads to a dedicated publication.
The goal of KLAYM is to ensure our participants expertise and support them with a higher global exposure.
Africa has the highest concentration of young people on the planet, all finding their way in life.
Our publication series showcases the creative output from young storytellers with a strong style of narrative.
The magazine published by KLAYM features mainly selected works from our workshop trainees, but looks at further contributions as well.
Each issue travels to a new city and country and is shaped by a main theme relevant to the young generation there. The publication series of KLAYM is both a business card for our contributors, and a stand alone magazine featuring contemporary work from the African continent in photography, visual design and journalism.
The visual identity of our publication series is shaped by the philosophy, that the material itself leads to the right form. Therefore the contributors are actively included in the editorial design. It is their stage to share individual visions with the rest of the world.
Our chairwoman - Flurina Rothenberger - and the art direction team of KLAYM publication - Hammer - were involved in the one off youth magazine Edition Nice N°1 from Pemba, Mozambique. KLAYM is happy to feature the issue here.
Project Coordinator, painter and photographer
AKE, by full name Adou Kouakou Emmanuel graduated from the Regional Conservatory of Arts and Crafts of Abengourou with a specialty in contemporary painting. In order to enhance the Akan culture which are his origins, AKE treats in his works the attributes of power in the chiefdom. Thus, his colorful and warm multidisciplinary projects bring together the Kita cloth, the chasse-mouche, the throne, the crown, the cane, the tools to weigh gold etc .
For AKE, the encounter, life, the hidden, codes and power that participate in the dynamics of the entire community are all elements which inspire him.
As a photographer, musician, painter and trainer, AKE, has been a member in numerous art juries. His work has been awarded and exhibited in Fairs, Festivals and Exhibitions both in Ivory Coast and abroad.
Ake is the project coordinator and advisor for the Edition 2017, he lives in Abidjan with his family.
Managing director, Board member
As Founder and managing director of KLAYM, Franziska has helped to shape KLAYM vision and structure. Through her NPO work she has first hand witnessed young people changed their own lives significantly with skills training and a clear vision. She therefore truly believes that KLAYM will be able to get the voices of the young breakers and makers on the African continent heard.
Franziska has worked as a fundraiser and manager of non-for-profit organizations and knows the start up world. As CFO of a social impact start up and director of various foundations and associations, she has gathered deep experience in the management and steering of organizations, as well as negotiations with private investors and coordination of development projects.
Photographer, Chair of the Board
As Founder and president of KLAYM but also renowned photographer, Flurina has developed KLAYMs vision. On her many visits to different African countries she met many talented photographers, journalists and video artists and kept asking herself, why they didn’t get booked to do her job. They know their country better than anyone from the outside. That’s when the idea of KLAYM was born.
Flurina Rothenberger is an awarded Swiss photographer, self-publisher and lecturer in photography raised in Zuénoula, Côte d'Ivoire. She has spent most of her career photographing the African continent.
Her photographs focus on the expanding urban landscape, often based in some of the fastest growing economies in the world, and the people that move within it. They paint a picture of a continent in rapid development and the swings of globalisation, with a strong and varied cultural heritage.
Technical Advisor and Lecturer in Video and Multimedia Production
Philips Noel Soro is an experienced engineer and trainer in telecommunication, multimedia and audio-visual technologies.
His expertise includes electronics, computing, website conception and the broad field of multimedia production. In the past eleven years Philips has worked as a media and technical operator and advisor for TV channels, radio stations and private companies both in Ivory Coast and abroad.
In 2016 he founded his own company Betsal’el based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
His client projects include computer graphics, commercial ads, documentaries, web teaching, film editing and consultant work.
Klaym is happy to have Philips on board for the Edition 2017, as our technical advisor and video production trainer in the workshop. Philips lives in Abidjan with his family.
Lecturer in visual communication, Board member
As a board member of KLAYM and lecturer at Zurich University of the Arts Rahel Arnold was instantly taken in by the idea and relevance of KLAYM. With her teaching background, she is the main force behind the structure and content of the workshops. The challenge to adapt to local circumstances, realities and needs as well as to consolidate the students work with an international audience is what highly interests her.
Rahel Arnold is a swiss graphic designer. She started her studio in 2004 in Zurich. Her work includes editorial design, illustration, exhibition concepts and graphics, visual identities and webdesign.
Right after her studies in visual communication at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2002, she started giving classes in different fields of Graphic Design, and continues this with passion. Currently, she is a regular lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts and the F+F School of Arts and Design Zurich.
Lecturer in visual communication, art direction of our publication series
Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz are founders of Hammer, a Zurich based creative agency working across the fields of art direction and graphic design including book-, type-, corporate-, web- and textile design as well as illustration.
Hammer works for several institutions and clients and in addition regularly puts out self initiated work. Their work has been awarded and internationally exhibited.
Sereina Rothenberger, raised in Côte d'Ivoire was a lecturer for Editorial Design in the Master of Arts in Design program at the Zurich University of Arts and Design from 2011 to 2013 and currently holds a professorship at the College of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe, Germany. Since 2016, David Schatz and Sereina Rothenberger are faculty member of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
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