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    features the work of aspiring young photographers, writers, illustrators and designers from across Africa.


    The NICE Magazine No3 from Katlehong, South Africa and No2 from Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire are in stock.

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  • about

    KLAYM is a nonprofit, built on the idea to stimulate economic opportunities for young creatives from across Africa, notably photographers. Our aim is to provide a framework where aspiring creatives and artists, who are facing limited access to professional trainings, can improve their skills and experiences, develop projects, perform and exhibit. Each Nice magazine production is accompanied by a workshop series in photography, video production, graphic media design and creative writing aiming to critically engage the participant’s creative visual practice, in a dialogue with local and global visual culture and socio-political realities. We believe that to understand the true scale of Africa, it is essential to pay attention to its emerging voices, many of which explore a previously unrecognised depth of lived experiences in a place of rapid change.

  • workshops

    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.

  • publications

    NICE is a publication series which showcases the creative works from young individuals from across Africa. The publication series offers a unique and thought-provoking glimpse at
    everyday life within particular urban spaces. The work of Nice's young contributors highlight the webs of histories, politics, styles, cultural productions, aesthetic vocabularies and identifications that distinguish the urban spaces in which they live. Spaces that are in fact geographies of continual transformation, reinvented in the wake of globalization, the digital
    revolution, and migration. Between past and future, analogue and digital, Nice shares and supports the voice of young Africans from city to city. Content and the overall appearance of Nice have been developed as part of a collaborative effort between the respective contributors and Klaym. The publication series NICE serves both as a portfolio for our contributors, and a stand alone magazine featuring refreshing new work from the African continent in photography, visual design and journalism.

    Three issues have been published so far. N°1 from Pemba in Moçambique, N°2 from Abidjan in Côte d'Ivoire, and N°3 from Katlehong in South Africa. Order your copy online with us or find the magazine in the store.

  • NICE in the stores


    Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane

    NGV International Gallery Shop, Melbourne

    Perimeter Books, Thornbury, Melbourne

    Readings, Carlton



    Riot, Gent



    Galerie Miranda, Paris

    Librairie du CCS, Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris

    Yvon Lambert, Paris



    Hopscotch reading room, Berlin

    Do you read me?!, Berlin

    Extrabuch, Muenster

    Georg Buechner, Darmstadt

    Pro QM, Berlin



    Books International, Bologna



    MHM Limited, Tokyo



    Athenaeum Bookstore & Newscentre, Amsterdam

    Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam

    Motta, Eindhoven

    San Serriffe, Amsterdam

    The American Book Center, Amsterdam

    Van Piere, Eindhoven


    South Korea

    Post Poetics, Seoul



    Editions Jojo, Mumbai



    Fotomuseum, Winterthur

    Duplikat - Buch + Papier, Zurich

    Kosmos, Zurich

    Kunstgriff, Zurich

    Kunsthalle, Basel

    Librairie du Boulevard, Geneva

    Le Vent des Routes, Geneva

    Never stop reading, Zurich

    OOR Records, Zurich

    Oraibi and Becksbook, Geneva

    Payot, Lausanne

    Payot Rive Gauche, Geneva
    Photoforum Pasquart, Bienne

    Qwstion, Zurich

    Sphères, Zurich


    United Kingdom

    Art Data, London

    Offprint, London
    Turbine Hall Shop, Tate Modern, London


    United States

    Import News, Assembly New York, NY

    2 Bridges Music Arts, New York, NY

    Arcana, Culver City, CA

    Artbook @ Hauser Wirth, New York, NY

    McNally Jackson Booksellers, New York, NY

    Phillip Galgiani, New York, NY

    Spoonbill and Sugartown, Brooklyn, NY

    YBP Library Services, Contoocook, NH

  • Team

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    Adou Kouakou

    Team Nice '17, photographer, painter, project coordinator

    Adou Kouakou Emmanuel (1977) graduated from the Regional Conservatory of Arts and Crafts of Abengourou with a specialty in contemporary painting. 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 project coordinator for the Nice Magazine 2017, he lives in Abidjan with his family.

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    Team Nice '17, Art directors, lecturer in editorial design

    Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz are founders of Hammer, a Zurich based creative agency working across the fields of art direction and graphic design. Sereina, raised in Côte d'Ivoire was a lecturer for Editorial Design at the Zurich University of Arts until 2013 and currently holds a professorship at the College of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. Since 2016, David and Sereina are faculty member of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts. They are based in Zurich.


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    Séthou Banhoro

    Team Nice '17, journalist, editor and adviser

    Séthou Banhoro (1970) is a journalist for the Ivorian daily Fraternité Matin. In 2015 she won the highest award presented to journalists in Ivory Coast: the Super Ebony Award. She was further assigned the award for best Ivorian performance in print media as well as the Prix Diégou Bailly for best investigative reporting. Séthou writes about contemporary social issues: How football empties classrooms with little boys dreaming of becoming Didier Drogba, the exploitation of minors in the transport sector, the galley of children born in prison or about the daily struggle for water, security and sanitation in Abidjan's most populated areas.


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    Franziska Kristensen

    Team Nice '17, fundraiser and founder to Klaym

    Franziska Kristensen (1977) has a back-ground in international relations and political science graduating from University of St.Gallen. She 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 coordination of intercultural projects. Franziska is based with her family near Zurich.

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    Rahel Arnold

    Team Nice '17, graphic designer, lecturer, founder Klaym

    Rahel Arnold born 1976 is a graphic designer and photo editor. She started her studio in 2004 in Zurich. Her work includes editorial design, illustration, visual identities and webdesign.

    Right after her studies at the Zurich University of the Arts in 2002, she started giving classes in different fields of Graphic Design, and continues this with passion. She works as a photo editor for the swiss daily NZZ. Currently, she is also a regular lecturer at the F+F School of Arts and Design Zurich. Rahel lives in Zurich.


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    Benoit Hili

    Team Nice '17, lecturer, journalist

    Benoit Hili (1973) is a journalist based in Abidjan. He is currently deputy head of the Ivorian daily newspaper Fraternité Matin. For The Nice Magazine, Benoit coached the photographers in their role as novice writers. He inspired, directed, and guided them in their interview technique and the genre of their texts. Benoit Hili confided that he was "very enriched" by this Nice experience, because it allowed him to "develop" his coaching side. Above all, he realized how "photographers have their own stories to tell," and how much life and relief a picture can bring to the writing.

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    Abbas Makke

    Team Nice '17, photographer, lecturer

    The Lebanese-born photographer Abbas Makke is based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire . He is the founder and owner of Magic Studio, the best reference for professional photo services and highquality printing in Abidjan. Abbas is a creative mind, a passionate explorer and a devoted mentor to his trainees. He instantly volunteered to support the workshop as an instructor and is generously making his photo studio and equipment available for training. In full compliance with his joy of improvisation Abbas is an ambassador for selfbuild gear.


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    Flurina Rothenberger

    Team Nice '17, photographer, lecturer, founder to Klaym

    Flurina Rothenberger born in 1977 is an awarded Swiss photographer, selfpublisher and lecturer in photography raised in Zuénoula, Côte d'Ivoire. She has spent her career working on 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. She has published two books with Edition Patrick Frey.



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    Candy Pilar Godoy

    Team Nice '17, photography producer

    Candy Pilar Godoy (1985) is a photography producer who was born and raised in New York City. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Literature and Film, with a focus on Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has worked all across the globe, producing mainly in Mexico and Brazil. Based in New York, Candy backed the Nice project as a video and multimedia producer, and with her experience as a creator of photo workshops.

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    Philips Soro

    Team Nice '17, video and multimedia producer

    Philips Noel Soro is an experienced engineer and trainer in telecommunication, multimedia and audiovisual technologies.

    His expertise includes electronics, computing, website conception and 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. Philips lives in Abidjan with his family.


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    Oumou Dosso

    Team Nice '17, journalist, mentor and advisor

    Oumou Dosso ( 1972) is a genuine professional multitalent. The reknown journalist and columnist is currently appointed director of communication and public relations at the Ministry of higher education and scientific research in Côte d'Ivoire. She was former appointed editor adviser for the Ivorian daily Fraternité Matin. Oumou Dosso holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Cocody in Abidjan. She further qualified in music education a field she taught in for several years before becoming a researcher at the Center for Research on Arts and culture in Abidjan.

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    Joana Choumali

    Team Nice '17, photographer, reviewer


    Joana Choumali (1974), is a fine art photographer based in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. She studied Graphic Arts in Casablanca and worked as an Art Director in an advertising agency before embarking on her photography career.

    She works primarily on conceptual portraiture, mixed media and documentary. Much of her work focuses on Africa, and what she, as an African, is learning about the myriad cultures around her. Joana is based in Abidjan.



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    Jacqueline Bouwmans

    Team Nice '18,

    creator, cultural advisor


    Jacqueline Bouwmans (‘1959) is cultural advisor and art producer. She studied art and graphic design at the ArtEZ University of Arts in the Netherlands. She lived in Niger, Cameroon and Ghana and worked over 20 years in various countries in Africa in the field of communication, education and contemporary African art and design. She is a strong networker and has experience in fundraising, as well as organisation and coordination of intercultural projects. Jacqueline is based with her family in Haarlem, near Amsterdam.


  • order here

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    NICE edition Abidjan

    Pre-order your copy now!

    The NICE Magazine exhibits the works of a young generation of African photographers, designers and writers and showcases their perspectives, aesthetics, styles and stories. The publication represents a unique collaboration between the association Klaym, Côte d’Ivoire-raised photographer Flurina Rothenberger, Zurich design agency Hammer and several up-and-coming young talents from numerous African countries.


    Art direction and Design by Hammer
    164 Pages
    Bilingual English and French


    Expected release date: January 26, 2018


    For Pre-Christmas-Orders receive a small gift of 5 post cards sent to you or directly to the person that you will be giving NICE to.

    If no other address is indicated in the remark field we will send the post cards to you.

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    Edition nice N° 1

    CHF 28.00

    Africa has the highest concentration of young people on the planet, all finding their way in life. Edition Nice N°1 was a pilot project, a youth magazine conceived and carried out with young contributors in Pemba, Moçambique. In images and in words, they share their point of view on money, job, social media, love and what identity means to them. Both locally and globally.


    Art direction and Design by Hammer
    144 Pages
    Bilingual English and Portuguese


    - SOLD OUT -

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    Edition Nice N°1 Poster

    CHF 25.00

    This poster was created for the first Edition Nice issue by Hammer.


    Silkscreen, two color
    Size 89.5 x 128cm
    CMAT 150g


    Designed by Hammer, Zurich.
    Printed in France.


    - OUT OF STOCK - 

  • support us

    Klaym campaigns for a stronger presence of African photographers on the global stage. Our initiative has been blessed with great and encouraging feedbacks from all over the world. However, in order to explore the full potential of our workshop and publication we are in need of support. If you would like to see more work from African photographers in the future: kindly support our efforts! Your help is best appreciated with a donation either directly via through our shop (see options below) or via transfer to our bank account:Bank: PostFinance, SwitzerlandAccount No.: 61-176602-2, IBAN: CH07 0900 0000 6117 6602 2  Shop for our products below

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    Bernhard-Jaeggi Weg 107
    8055 Zurich