ART X Talks

2018       2017

Every year, ART X Lagos features a robust line-up of panel discussions open to all fair goers. With key stakeholders in Africa’s art economy, ART X Talks explore a range of themes pertinent to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa.

The 2018 Talks

Panel Discussion: Pressing for New Practice, Producing Timely Text

A look at the pioneering publications that emerged from Nigeria’s post-independence euphoria in the 1960s and up until the 1990s. This discussion will consider how publishing was sparked by forward-looking artists, writers and scholars in Nigeria, across Africa and the diaspora. It will revisit the way publications worked as key spaces and sites for these practitioners to negotiate their position in relation to the West, and to their own history, languages and art forms.
Discussion with:
Jahman Oladejo Anikulapo (Arts & Culture Communicator)
Professor Chike Aniakor (Artist and Art Historian)
Moderator:
Iheanyi Onwuegbucha (Curator)

Date

Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Time

3.00pm – 4.15pm

 

Artist Talk: Aboubakar Fofana on Usable Pasts & Re-invention

Over the past few decades, Aboubakar Fofana (Mali / France) has focused on reinvigorating and redefining West African indigo dyeing techniques. Trained in Japan and France, the interdisciplinary artist and educator is today one of the world’s foremost practitioners of fermented indigo vat dyeing and mineral mud-dyeing techniques. Fofana’s practice utilises calligraphy, textiles and natural dyes. Hear him discuss the intellectual, spiritual and aesthetic contexts underpinning his métier.
Discussion with:
Missla Libsekal (Independent Writer, Cultural Producer and Curator of the ART X Talks Program and Curated Projects)

Date

Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Time

4.45pm – 6.00pm

 

Panel Discussion: We Are Our Own Sun, Cultivating An Art Ecosystem; Sponsored by the Ford Foundation

Flipping the script on the lingering trope of “African failure, dysfunction and irrationality”, this discussion looks at the role and impact of cultural workers and art practitioners who view their practices as creative laboratories for experimenting and generating relevant structures. We will explore and rethink what it means to cultivate contact zones for critical thought, and strategies for the visuals arts to flourish.
Discussion with:
Folakunle Oshun (Artist, Curator and Founder of the Lagos Biennial)
Bianca Ama Manu (Producer, Writer and Curator of Nubuke Foundation’s ‘Ghana Must Go Forward’ Program)
Moderator:
Njideka Iroh (Cultural Producer, Writer and Spoken Word Artist)

Date

Saturday, 3rd November 2018

Time

6.30pm – 7.45pm

 

Artist Talk: Leading Contemporaries in Conversation with Yinka Shonibare MBE; Sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham

Renowned for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalisation, Yinka Shonibare MBE (Nigeria / United Kingdom) works in painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance, through which he offers sharp political commentary — derived from his examinations of race, class and the construction of cultural identity — on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. Alongside a feature presentation of the artist’s oeuvre in the 2018 ART X Curated Projects, Yinka Shonibare MBE will discuss his practice and influences.
Discussion with:
Chika Okeke-Agulu (Artist, Curator, Critic and Art Historian)

Date

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Time

3.00pm – 4.15pm

 

Panel Discussion: Statues Also Die, Considering Institutionalizing Collections; Sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Pensions

How do we engage with artworks today, and what strategies are used to make them accessible, alive and present? Drawing on the 1953 film Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die), an art documentary commissioned by the pan-African quarterly Présence Africaine, this panel discussion is a provocation to consider forms of presentation, engagement, documentation, circulation and collection building in relation to what is being collected today and why.
Discussion with:
HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe (the Obi of Onitsha, and Chairman of the Chimedie Museum Trust Foundation)
Peju Layiwola (Artist, Art Historian, Professor of Art History and Head of the Department of Creative Arts at the University of Lagos)
Fabian Ajogwu (Lawyer and Collector; Board Member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings)
Moderator:
Yvonne Fasinro (Collector; Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa (Ex-RSA) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch)

Date

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Time

4.45pm – 6.00pm

 

Panel Discussion: The Artist as Social Sculptor

What is our heritage? Is it still relevant? And if so, what role can artists play – beyond their capacity to create objects – to socially architect space, situations and institutions. Reflecting on these questions and drawing on the example of the Osun-Oshobgo Sacred Grove, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, this discussion will look at how landscapes and contexts rich in local customs and vernacular culture can manifest through artistic intervention.
Discussion with:
Meskerem Assegued (Curator, Anthropologist, Writer and Co-Founder of Zoma Museum, Addis Ababa)
Olufemi Akinsanya (Chairman, Save Our Art! Save Our Heritage! Campaign)
Adolphus Opara, (Artist and Visual Storyteller)
Moderator:
Papa Omotayo (Architect, Designer, Writer and Filmmaker)

Date

Sunday, 4th November 2018

Time

6.30pm – 7.45pm

 

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