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.
In conversation with curator Missla Libsekal, multidisciplinary artist and designer Aboubakar Fofana speaks about the techniques and aesthetics of West African Indigo dyeing.
Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Lagos Biennial Founder, Folakunle Oshun, and Nubuke Foundation Curator, Bianca Ama Manu, explore and rethink what it means to cultivate zones for critical thought, as well as strategies for the arts to flourish; moderated by writer and critic Njideka Iroh.
Renowned for his works exploring colonialism, race and the construction of cultural identity, Yinka Shonibare CBE, discuses his artistic practice and influences with Chika Okeke-Agulu, sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham.
Sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Pensions, and moderated by Yvonne Fasinro, HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, Professor Peju Layiwola, and Fabian Ajogwu examine ways of maintaining art collections and making them more accessible, drawing on the 1953 documentary film Les statues meurent aussi (Statues Also Die).
Drawing on the Osun-Oshogbo Sacred Grove, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, Meskerem Assegued, Olufemi Akinsanya and Adolphus Opara look at the roles artists play in transforming local customs and landscapes into cultural institutions; moderated by Papa Omotayo.