Current Exhibition

Videonale in Lagos
Changing City – Shifting Spaces

31 January – 28 February 2016


Videonale, Bonn, and Video Art Network, Lagos, present VIDEONALE IN LAGOS

CCA, Lagos / Goethe-Institut Nigeria / KfW Stiftung

Videonale, Bonn, and Video Art Network (VAN), Lagos, join forces to present the project ‘Videonale in Lagos: Changing City – Shifting Spaces’. The project is an initiative of KfW Stiftung which wishes to strengthen new media art in Nigeria by supporting local up-and-coming talents in establishing international contacts. It is realised in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Nigeria and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos.

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All images courtesy Jude Anogwih

When looking at today’s globalised, digital realities the language of the moving image has become a universal tool to comment and reflect on the ever-shifting spaces of everyday life. With the topic ‘Changing City – Shifting Spaces’ Videonale in Lagos explores the dynamics of urban space in a video art workshop for emerging artists from Nigeria, led by the internationally acclaimed Anglo-Ethiopian video artist Theo Eshetu in collaboration with the Nigerian artist/curator Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos), and a following exhibition curated by Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos) and Tasja Langenbach & Jennifer Gassmann (Videonale).

Additionally there will be a presentation and screening of the adjunct project ‘Jogja – Lagos: Changing Cities – Shifting Spaces’, a video art workshop aiming to connect excellent emerging Indonesian and Nigerian video artists. It took place in October 2015 as part of Biennale Jogja VIII ‘Hacking Conflict: Indonesia meets Nigeria’ in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

With works by Ima Abasi-Okon, Aderemi Adegbite, Jude Anogwih, Victor Ehikhamenor, Theo Eshetu, Christoph Faulhaber, Heidrun Holzfeind, Uche-Okpa Iroha, Zhenchen Liu, Melanie Manchot, Emeka Ogboh, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Otolith Group, Nicolas Provost, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Emeka Udemba, Zsolt Vasarhelyi, Jan Verbeek, Tobias Yves Zintel.


Artist’s Talk:
23 January 2016, 5pm
Theo Eshetu, artist (Berlin/Rome)
Department of Creative Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Lagos

Closing Event:
28 February 2016, 2-6pm: CCA. Lagos
Presentation and screening of the video art workshop at Biennale Jogja XIII ‘Hacking Conflict: Indonesia meets Nigeria’, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, October 2015
As part of the project, a workshop was also held from January 13-23 at the Goethe-Institut Nigeria, German Cultural Center, Lagos City Hall, Catholic Mission Str., opp. Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos Island. Lagos with Jude Anogwih and Theo Eshetu as workshop coordinators.

The topic of the workshop is in line with the general exhibition theme “Changing City – Shifting Spaces” – it is about the politics of public spaces in Lagos. How our urban environment affects our (cultural) identity, movements, behaviors and interactions? With these questions in mind the workshop participants performed different research and artistic activities to approach the urban landscape of the city of Lagos.
Changing Cities – Shifting Spaces, afforded participants to observe Lagos through various perspectives and dynamics, from what is visible, physical, cultural, socio-political, and economical to other multidimensional forms that can be felt and imagined. Subjects on historic, modern and existing lifestyles of Lagos will form part of the perspectives that would be highlighted on during the workshop. Through extensive collaboration, the participants shared ideas and produce video works, which deconstructed, enlightened and reflected to how we live and imagine our cities and public/private spaces in this current time.
Participating artists wrere not accustomed to working with the medium of video art but have been working with other lens based art forms such as photography and film. The selection for the participants for this workshop was based on the criteria to involve artists that were open to experimental art forms, encourage a new form of artistic interaction in Lagos and broaden the discourse on video art in within the continent.
“VIDEONALE IN LAGOS: Changing City – Shifting Spaces” is a project initiated by the foundation KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt, in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Lagos and Centre of Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos. It is presented by Videonale, Bonn, Germany, and Video Art Network Lagos, Nigeria, and consists of a video art workshop and a subsequent exhibition.
Outcome from this workshop is presented at the Goethe-Institut, Lagos as an extended part of the exhibition.

For more information, please contact
Dr. Nicola Müllerschön, Programme Manager Arts and Culture, KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt:



CCA Lagos, Nigeria

31 January– 28 February 2015


Stephanos Tsivopoulos, Amnesialand, 2010, Video Still. Copyright the artist.

The Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos in collaboration with the British Council, presents an exhibition of five international new media artists contextualized by London based gallerist and curator Bea Herhold de Sousa.

Artists: Declan Clarke (Republic of Ireland), Nooshin Farhid (Iran), Hetain Patel (GB / India), Janek Schaefer (GB/ Poland/ Canada) and Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Greece/ Iran).
In his 1993 essay “ In “The Heart of Darkness”, more than a decade prior to the Western economic and philosophical crisis the Nigerian artist and art historian Olu Oguibe wrote “The contest for History is central to the struggle for a redefinition and eventual decimation of centrism and its engendering discourses”. The works in this exhibition openly query systemic categorisations in favour of a more personal and also passionate search for the multi-facetted truths.

There will be a talk at the British Council
Talk Event with Andrew Esiebo, Ore Disu and Bea de Sousa: Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 at British Council Garden, Ikoyi- 4pm



1 Work: Odun Orimolade

14 July – 22nd August  2014

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos presents 1 Work, a new project that invites an artist to present a single work as a way of highlighting a specific medium, engaging a particular idea or creating an ambitious new work which may not be possible through other platforms or to simply use the space as a laboratory or studio that encourages a direct engagement with a diverse audience. The first 1 Work project is presented by Odun Orimolade, for whom drawing is a principal component of her artistic practice, as well as being central to her research interests.

Using the gallery wall as her support, Orimolade’s intervention lies at the heart of the process of mark making and form generation. Her waiflike configurations allow a play of inventive and intuitive biomorphic images to evolve producing drawings that map volume, contextualize place and more tacitly than explicitly invites the viewer to interact, to react and even to question. The combination of research, process, and interaction are tools which contribute to the articulation of a trajectory that attempts to evolve an artistic language that is personal but also collective, spontaneous yet measured. In so doing she hopes to deconstruct a received history of drawing by activating an alternative language that prioritizes locality and specificity. The 1 Work project will unfold across the wall over a 21-day period.

Odun Orimolade graduated in painting from the Yaba College of Technology School of Art, Design and Printing, Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art from the University of South Africa, Pretoria where she is also currently completing her Masters in Visual Art. She has participated in several exhibitions locally and internationally, including solo shows such as Facets of a Psyche, Terra Kulture, Lagos(2006), A Secret Place, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, SA (2012) and Being and Becoming, Art21 Space, Lagos (2014).  Recent group exhibitions have included  Ravy Festival, Yaounde, Cameroun (2014), 50th anniversary exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2014), Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York (2013) and Come release me, National Pop Up Theatre, Goethe Institute, Lagos (2013). Orimolade lives and works in Lagos as an artist and a lecturer at her alma mater.

1 Work project is conceived by Bisi Silva and curated by Jude Anogwih.

Join, observe and interact with Odun Orimolade at the CCA, Lagos gallery, open to the public from 10am- 6pm Monday to Friday.

Follow the 1Work project on the CCA, Lagos blog, twitter and on facebook.

El Anatsui: Playing with Chance

14 March– 26 April 2014

Installation view at CCA,Lagos. Photo: Jude Anogwih

Over the past forty years El Anatsui has expanded the language of contemporary sculpture not only in Nigeria but also internationally. From the beginning of his career, he has sought to challenge the boundaries of artistic practice as well as overcome the constraints of material available to him locally. In so doing some of his earliest works started with amassing discarded wood to create the wall hanging trays characteristic of his first wood pieces. His move to Nigeria in 1970s led to a sustained period of work in clay resulting in critical acclaimed works such as Broken Pots Series. By the early 1980s, he returned to wood after a workshop in America and began his power-saw wood sculptures for which he became known and celebrated across Nigeria. In 1990, Grace Stanislaus, then curator at the Studio Museum Harlem showed these sculptures for the first time internationally during the 44th Venice Biennale in the seminal exhibition Contemporary African Artists: Changing Tradition. However the widespread international acclaim that Anatsui has received in the last decade have been reserved for his scintillating monumental bottle top sculptural hangings.

Over a forty year period Anatsui has used his work to engage with and comment on African history, colonialism, the post-colonial condition as well as the daily realities and experiences on the continent. As Nigerian artist and art historian Olu Oguibe states “from the very beginning Anatsui’s art has focused on and found its core meaning in Africa: the continent, its people, its history and cultural heritage, its predicament.” [1]In addition he sought meaning and communication through African signs and symbols such as Adinkra as well in Uli and Nsibidi writing systems.


The Centre for contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present El Anatsui:Playing with Chance to mark the 70th birthday anniversary of one of Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. The exhibition is shaped primarily through archival material in an attempt to present new insights into the making of his works as well as the development of his career. Through this presentation an array of disparate materials are brought together from his studio, his study and his library including sketchbooks, drawings, letters, exhibition planning and instruction documents, books he reads, books he features in as well as brochures and exhibition publications to which he has contributed especially of Nigerian artists. Also included are a few photographs taken during his and just after his university education in Ghana, videos about him, fragments of the bottle top works ‘salvaged’ from his studio, his chainsaw wood sculptures and his early tray hangings and even a selection of his payslips from the University of Nigeria over a 36 year period. El Anatsui was a consummate teacher who made an indelible mark on his students, many of whom are now enjoying increasing national and internationally visibility. His concerted efforts in encouraging the visibility of female artists is highlighted by inviting three of his former students Nnenna Okore, Lucy Azubuike and Amarachi Okafor to participate in the exhibition.

El Anatsui was born on the 4th of February 1944 in Ghana. Since 1975 he  has lived and worked as an artist and lecturer in Nigeria, based at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.  Since retirement in 2011 from the University, he lives between Ghana and Nigeria.  Anatsui has taken part in over 100 solo and groups exhibitions, several biennales and triennales in Nigeria, across Africa and internationally. Over the last decade he has been the subject of important solo exhibitions including Gawu, which toured in the UK and USA from 2003-2008 and the extensive retrospective When I last spoke to you about Africa organised by the Museum for African Art, New York which toured to several institution in the USA and Canada 2010-2012. Anatsui’s work is to be found in prestigious private and public collections locally and around the world.

El Anatsui, Playing with Chance acknowledges his spirit of experimentation and his creativity, and celebrates a dedicated teacher, a committed mentor, a sincere person, a generous man and a quiet leader. In her contribution to his exhibition catalogue A fateful Journey: Africa in the Works of El Anatsui, that toured in  Japan 2010-2011, CCA, Lagos director Bisi Silva asserts,  “He has engaged profoundly with his cultural, political and social history. He has imbued the spirituality of his forefathers. In the final analysis Anatsui stands tall before the ancestors.

El Anatsui, Playing with chance was curated by Bisi Silva and curatorial assistant Taiye Idahor.

[1] Olu Oguibe, “El Anatsui:The Early Work” in El Anatsui:When I last wrote to you about Africa, Museum for African Art, New York 2010, pg 23

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