The Talks

Artist Talk: Leading Contemporaries, with Emeka Ogboh
Artist Talk: Leading Contemporaries, with Emeka Ogboh

In conversation with Tayo Ogunbiyi, Nigerian sound and installation artist Emeka Ogboh presents overviews of his most ambitious works, and critically revisits the path he took to becoming an internationally respected artist.

On ‘How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?’, with the Lagos Biennial
On ‘How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?’, with the Lagos Biennial

Antawan Byrd, co-curator of the 2019 Lagos Biennial, and Abraham Oghobase, an artist whom he worked closely with for this project discuss the process of realizing the Biennial and highlight the accomplishments that informed the cornerstones of this ambitious exhibition, from its beginnings through the execution.

Modern Art in 360 Degrees
Modern Art in 360 Degrees

Filmmaker Joel Benson speaks with Ugoma Adegoke about his recent work in Virtual Reality (VR), and highlights his quest to document practices, works, and studio spaces of modern artists based in Nigeria using this medium.

Collecting LIVE!, Sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Pensions
Collecting LIVE!, Sponsored by Stanbic IBTC Pensions

Kathryn Weir, Director and Chief Curator, Cosmopolis, Centre Pompidou; and collectors Reni Folawiyo, and Tunji Akintokun MBE collaborate together to select works to build a virtual private art collection, moderated by Oba Nsugbe.

The Progress of Love: Bisi Silva Remembered, Sponsored by The Ford Foundation
The Progress of Love: Bisi Silva Remembered, Sponsored by The Ford Foundation

N’Goné Fall, Antawan Byrd and Emeka Ogboh, share reflections on the life and career of the late Bisi Silva, a curator who operated within Nigeria as well as internationally, who also served as the artistic director for the inaugural edition of ART X Lagos.

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.

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