The Talks

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

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

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.

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

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

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).

Panel Discussion: The Artist as Social Sculptor
Panel Discussion: 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.

Leading Contemporaries: Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Leading Contemporaries: Njideka Akunyili Crosby

On the occasion of her first public artist talk in Nigeria, sponsored by Chapel Hill Denham, MacArthur Fellow Njideka Akunyili Crosby talks about her practice and influences in conversation with moderator Tayo Ogunbiyi.

The King of Covers: Lemi Ghariokwu
The King of Covers: Lemi Ghariokwu

Drawing on music as an alternative space and archive, Lemi Ghariokwu reflects on the interplay of aesthetics and the Nigerian socio-political climate of the 1970s to 90s in his art. Moderated by curator Missla Libsekal.

Who No Know Go Know
Who No Know Go Know

On the occasion of its fortieth anniversary, historian Ed Keazor and Stacy Hardy, associate editor of Chimurenga, discuss how we remember, map and rethink our histories through the lens of FESTAC ‘77 – the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture.

Then & Now, Radical Sculpture
Then & Now, Radical Sculpture

Drawing from his own practice, this discussion with artist Olu Amoda looks at his methodologies, sculptural expression and the traditions expanded upon in his works.

Collecting Today for Tomorrow
Collecting Today for Tomorrow

Moderated by art collector Femi Lijadu, this panel discussion brings into focus the nuances of bringing out the true value of an art collection through corporate social responsibility, legacy building and management of art as an asset class.

Witnessing the Present, the Artist as Citizen
Witnessing the Present, the Artist as Citizen

In a discussion led by N’Goné Fall, an independent curator, art writer and cultural policy consultant, together with Lagos-based artists Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Peju Alatise, they respond and elaborate, drawing from their individual practices, influences, and experiences.

ART X Lagos – The 2017 Talks Highlights
ART X Lagos – The 2017 Talks Highlights

Speakers at the second edition of ART X Lagos included Ed Keazor, Stacy Hardy, Lemi Ghariokwu, Olu Amoda, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Peju Alatise, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Femi Lijadu and more.

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