Professor Yacouba Konate: Curatorial Practices: “The foreigner has big eyes, but he does see nothing”

3pm, 8 December 2008

CCA Lagos celebrates 12 months with the second Art-iculate lecture.

On this occasion of our first year anniversary we welcome back our respected colleague, curator, critic and academic Professor Yacouba Konate, who was part of the first lectures series of IVAC in 2000/2001. Engr Yemisi Shyllon joins us on this august occasion as our Special Guest of Honour.


There is a proverb that is found everywhere you go in Africa that states: “The foreigner has big eyes, but he does see nothing”.

Most of the time, the curator of large, international shows acts as the perfect foreigner. He will act as a tourist would: he will rush to the main galleries, to the studios of the most famous artists without taking a look at the essential part of the city: the small differences that make the ambiance, the social and political preoccupations and the people, unique. He will only reach the central part of the city body. Which raises the question of how to promote a curatorial practice that could renew the list of artists and open up new possibilities.

Art-iculate 08/09 begins with Didier Schaub of Doual’art, Cameroon
Didier Schaub: Doual’art, Contemporary Art in the Public Space

3pm, 22nd November 2008

A series of lectures on contemporary art and culture 
featuring international guest speakers.

In 2000 under the auspices of the now defunct IVAC the first programme of lectures featuring guest speakers Eddie Chambers and Katy Deepwell,(UK) Colin Richards, South Africa, Yacouba Konate, Ivory Coast and William Miko, Zambia made presentations not only to a Lagos art audience but also to students at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and to art professionals Enugu in collaboration with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The positive response that was received nationwide highlighted the vacuum in the area of contemporary art discourse and the cultural isolation experienced by local artists. Today artists have the opportunity – through access to information and communication technology – to connect, interact and dialogue with people globally.

Within this context, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present a new series of lectures that aims to increase dialogue, encourage debate and stimulate exchange in visual arts and culture in Nigeria by inviting international curators, critics, and art historians to share their knowledge, skills and experience. In prioritising dialogue and discourse in our programmes, we hope to encourage the development of critical perspectives that help us to learn about and understand not only our society but about world in general.

Over the next nine months CCA,Lagos will invite curators, art historian, writers and cultural producers who will provide an insight into the visual art sector of countries as diverse as Cameroon, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Brazil, India, America as well as explore the work of individuals and organisations across a broad spectrum of curatorial and critical perspectives and artistic practices.

As in 2000, the current series of international lectures Art-iculate has been made possible with the support of the Prince Claus Fund.

Mr Didier Schaub. Artistic Director of Doual’art, Cameroun. Title: Doual’art: Contemporary Art in the Public Space.

Doual’art: Contemporary Art in the Public Space, will provide a critical discussion of the role of art in society, focusing on the example of the first edition of the Salon Urbain de Douala, (SUD) a triennial exhibition of public art which took place in December 2007. The programme hosted a dozen public art events, among them the inauguration of four permanent works of public art, and a temporary exhibition of sculptures placed in urban, open places.

Art-iculate a new series of lectures that aims to increase dialogue, encourage debate and stimulate exchange in visual arts and culture in Nigeria by inviting international curators, critics, and art historians to share their knowledge, skills and experience. In prioritising dialogue and discourse in our programmes, we hope to encourage the development of critical perspectives that help us to learn about and understand not only our society but about world in general.

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