ART X Talks explores a range of themes pertinent to the state and evolution of contemporary art in Africa. With key stakeholders in contemporary art, and an emphasis on those with a compelling interest in the African continent or its Diaspora, the Talks reiterate the theme of this year's fair by contemplating the past to imagine new possibilities for the future. The Talks will convene on Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th.

Aboubakar Fofana on Usable Pasts & Re-invention

In conversation with curator Missla Libsekal, multidisciplinary artist and designer Aboubakar Fofana speaks about the techniques and aesthetics of West African Indigo dyeing.

Statues Also Die, Considering Institutionalizing Collections

Sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Pensions

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).

The Artist as Social Sculptor

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.

We Are Our Own Sun, Cultivating An Art Ecosystem

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.

Leading Contemporaries in Conversation with Yinka Shonibare CBE

Sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham

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.