The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has initiated a dynamic platform for visual art and culture discussions since opening its doors in January 2008. We have had artists, critics, writers, curators and funders talking about their work, their ideas and sharing their skills and knowledge base with us. CCA,Lagos continues in its aims to build a strong education and public programme that reaches out to the widest audience possible. We aim to actively encourage debate and critical discourse that engages with topical issues that affect our society specifically and the world in general. To fulfil our objectives we invite local, African and international guest speakers to talk on a wide ranges of themes and issues concerning contemporary art and culture.
Cultural Patrimony as National Resource: The Case of Nigeria
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, Ph.D.
Professor, Arts and Visual Cultures of Global Africa
University of California Santa Barbara
NOK Terracotta Sculptures, c.500BC-200AD.
How is Nigeria affected by ongoing debates about cultural patrimony restitution? What role can astute management of cultural patrimony play in national development? In this public lecture, Prof. Ogbechie will discuss the recent debates about African cultural patrimony in Western museums (especially the Sarr/Savoy Report), and review efforts by the Benin Dialogue Group to repatriate Nigerian cultural patrimony among other initiatives.
About the Lecturer
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie specializes on the arts and visual culture of Africa and its Diasporas, especially in terms of how art history discourses create value for African cultural patrimony in the age of globalization. He is the author of Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (University of Rochester Press, 2008: winner of the 2009 Herskovits Prize of the African Studies Association for best scholarly publication in African studies), Making History: The Femi Akinsanya African Art Collection (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2011), and editor of Artists of Nigeria (Milan: 5 Continents Editions, 2012). He is the director of Aachron Knowledge Systems, and founder and editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. He organized and coordinated the First International Nollywood Convention and Symposium (Los Angeles, June 2005) that evaluated new media in contemporary African Visual Culture from the perspective of the internationally acclaimed Nigerian Video Film Industry. He subsequently founded the Nollywood Foundation in 2006 to formalize study and research of this phenomenon and produced annual international Nollywood conventions from 2005 to 2009.
Ogbechie is currently a Smithsonian Institution Senior Fellow for 2016-2017 and has received several fellowships, grants and award for his work from the Getty Research Institute, American Academy in Berlin, Rockefeller Foundation, Institute for International Education, Smithsonian Institution and a consultancy for the Ford Foundation. He was the 2010 Consortium Professor of the Getty Research Institute and served as guest editor for a History of Photography special issue on African Photography. His current project focuses on the politics of cultural patrimony debates as it affects demands for the repatriation of African cultural patrimony held in Western museums and institution. His research is widely published and he has lectured and consulted on African and African Diaspora arts for major museums in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia.
This Public lecture is kindly supported by the FotoFactory Lagos.
Artist Talk: Bady Dalloul
The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos invites you an artist talk by French Syrian Artist, Bady Dalloul. Between 2013 and 2015, Bady Dalloul produced 22 books and created several websites, devoted to the political and economic organisation, as well as the culture and history of a fictional Pacific state – Tonkeru – which experiences the same problems and colonial history as countries in the Middle East.
Bady Dalloul, Badland, Vol. IV, 1999-2004, writing, drawing and collage on paper
Join Bady as he shares the treasures of the map room and the secrets of the state of Basra and the archives of the republic of Suez, and the rich library on the little island of Tonkeru. He will be sharing his recent work which includes an obsession with creating countries and nation-states.
About Bady Dalloul
Bady Dalloul was born in Paris in 1986, Bady Dalloul graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2015 with honours from the jury. His work, imbued with a political, sociological and historical dimension, confronts and brings together the imaginary and the real, while challenging the process of national history writing. The creation of fictitious countries, the artist’s obsession since his adolescence, is at the heart of his current work.
His work has been exhibited at the MAC/VAL (2017), the Arab World Institute and the Gulbenkian Foundation (2018). In 2017, he was nominated for the Prix découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo, and in 2018 he was awarded the Prix des Amis de l’IMA. His work is part of the collections of the MAC/VAL, the Kadist Foundation, the Frac Île-de-France and the Institut du Monde Arabe.
Bady Dalloul will be in residence at CCA, Lagos in June 2019. He will be conducting research and making new work in the framework of an ongoing project “Diaspora at Home” organized by CCA, Lagos in partnership with Kadist Foundation, Paris.
Bady Dalloul’s residency is kindly supported by the Institut Français, Paris and Alliance Française, Lagos.
Artist Talk: Ivorian Photographer Ananias Leki Dago
CCA, Lagos has the immense pleasure to welcome to Lagos, the Ivorian Photographer Ananias Leki Dago who will talk about his work and the important archival project that he is doing with pioneering Ivorian elder photographer Paul Kodjo.
Ananias Leki Dago will be in Lagos from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th March and looks forward to interacting with Nigerian photographers and artists.
To take up Paul Kodjo’s work is to reconnect with the cultural and political history of Côte d’Ivoire, from the early post-independence period through the 1990s. Paul Kodjo began his photographic career in the early 1960s. He worked as a press photographer and was active in the art world, mostly cinema. In the 90s, the artist met with hardships that had a destructive impact not only on his life but on his negative archives. In 2008, Paul Kodjo entrusted his entire collection of negatives — which, unfortunately, were damaged by humidity because they had not been well preserved – to the photographer Ananias Léki Dago. This emergency situation sparked a research project on Paul Kodjo’s photographic career and work, with a view to doing vitally necessary preservation and conservation in his archives.
Within the framework of this research, which he is leading with the support of the Goethe-Institut, Abidjan Ananias Leki Dago will give us a striking narrative of intergenerational exchange between two photographers. It will also be a rare opportunity to unfold, in greater detail, the larger and ongoing project focused on Paul Kodjo’s work as well as learn about Ananias Leki Dagos’s photographic practice.
About Ananias Léki Dago
Ananias Léki Dago was born the 2nd November 1970 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. After studying photography at the Fine Art School in Abidjan, travelling has become an essential source of his work. He immigrated in 2002 to Europe (Paris) and while he was there he started exploring Africa, by questioning its multicultural aspects in the urban context. Since 2006 he has focused on what he sees as being phenomenons through the African cities: in South Africa he went to explore Shebeens in the Townships: Shebeen Blues (2006-2009), in Bamako (Mali) he was interested in the wheelbarrows that shape the city: Bamako Crosses (2006-2012), in Nairobi (Kenya) he focused on the corrugated iron sheets that define much of the city: Mabati (2011).
Ananias moved back home in 2012, where he is working on a subject with regard to his own city Abidjan. He also organized the first photographic festival in Abidjan, “Les Rencontres du Sud”, successively held in 2000 and 2002. To the latter edition, he exhibited Paul Kodjo’s work.
This presentation is dedicated to the memory of Goethe Institute Abidjan director Ms Henrike Grohs who was taken away too soon in the attack by terrorists in Grand Bassam on the 13th of March 2016.
Photography Exhibition with Thabiso Sekgala, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok and Musa Nxumalo
Venue: CCA, Lagos 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba
Opening: Friday, 11 of March 2016 at 4 pm
Exhibition runs till 10th April 2016
You are invited to the opening of Photography Exhibition ‘Peregrinate’ featuring the work of three photographers: South Africans Thabiso Sekgala and Musa Nxumalo, and Kenyan Mimi Cherono Ng’ok. The exhibition explores the concept of photography as a common method of investigation, discovery and representation – an act of wandering undertaken by the photographer as traveler and explorer.
Traversing Soweto streets, backyards in Nairobi, dusty Jordanian alleys, Peregrinate invites viewers to consider the intimate politics of home and belonging, as well as the possibilities inherent in dislocation, or a lack of anchoring, and the routes one takes to find a way. Sub-titled ‘field notes on time travel and space’, the exhibition examines notions of spatial politics, the economics of time and travel, and the kinds of access granted to travellers. The travels of three different wanderers are juxtaposed as temporal sculptures to chronicle the personal experience of journeying within the home, neighbourhood and country, as well as the act of departing for distant places.
Jointly curated by the featured photographers, this exhibition is the final stage for the three participants as part of the Goethe-Institut portfolio workshop, the Photographers Master Class.
This exhibition is in partnership with Goethe Institut, Lagos.
Artist Talk: Theo Eshetu
Thursday 21st January 2016
Venue: CCA, Lagos 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba
About Theo Eshetu
Berlin based, Anglo-Ethiopian artist Theo Eshetu will talk about his artistic practice as well as screen some of his video and film works. A pioneer in video art he works across photography, video, film as well as creating installation.
Eshetu is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work has been shown at the Tate Britain, Institute of Contemporary Art, London; the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Nice; the 2nd Video Biennial of Fukui, Japan, and at film festivals such as the Venice Film Festival; London Film Festival; International Festival of Film on Art, Montreal; the New York African Film Festival as well as other festivals throughout the world. He has had solo shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, MLAC in Rome and the Museo di Arte Italiana in Lima among others.
Please join us.
Film, Music and Discussion at CCA, Lagos
Thursday 11 June 2015
CCA, Lagos 9 McEwen Street Sabo Yaba
CCA, Lagos in collaboration with Muson Centre and Goethe Institute, Lagos is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of film, music and discussion.
Join artists Sunara Begum and Tunde Jegede and CCA, Lagos Director and curator Bisi Silva for an unparalleled cultural moment.
“Art for me is the thread with which we sew together our collective memories. In all my work I try to tell the story of our forever evolving identities. How we came from the root and branched out is always different….Our connection is how we go back.”
Sunara Begum is a visual artist and ﬁlmmaker whose work is perfectly placed between East and West. She uses installation, ﬁlm, photography and text, and has already created her own distinct visual language and aesthetic which is imprinted in all her work. As a visual artist she has exhibited extensively in galleries across UK and internationally in Europe, Asia and Africa. She began her studies at Camberwell College of Arts and then went on to do her bachelors and masters of ﬁne arts at Central St Martins College of Art & Design.
She has taken part in exhibitions in the UK and internationally including solo exhibitions at the The Crypt Gallery UK, (2014), The Bargehouse (UK, 2013), Drik Gallery (Bangladesh, 2011), 198 Gallery (UK, 2010), and group shows at October Gallery (UK, 2012), Laphto Art Gallery (Ethiopia, 2010), London Art Fair (UK, 2010), Garden Gallery (Pakistan, 2009), LUDA Gallery (Russia, 2009) and Nolias Gallery (UK, 2008).
As a photographer her work has been published in France, UK, China, India and Bangladesh, in magazines and newspapers including Le Monde, and L’Parisian. In 2011 she published her ﬁrst book, The Legend of Ara, a poetic photographic narrative of a mythical character. Her approach to photography contextualises people, places and environments.
After working as a producer and director of photography on several ﬁlms including, The Idea and the award-winning feature ﬁlm, 500 Years Later, she directed her own debut short ﬁlm, Ara’s Sojourn to critical acclaim. This has been followed by several short ﬁlms, Ara’s World (2009), The Water’s Will (2010), The Pilgrim Within (2013) and a new documentary series, Truth & Art (2013), featuring three international artists from three continents.
Sunara Begum has continued to develop her own visual narrative-led language on many large-scale projects for productions including, Ancient Futures, which has toured internationally, African Messiah at the Royal Opera House, London, Visions of a Traveller at Lyon Opera House, The Griot’s Tale at Yinka Shonibare’s Studios and Nitin Sawney’s OneZero Project at the Roundhouse in London.
World-renowned composer, producer, cellist and kora virtuoso Tunde Jegede brings a new vision to contemporary African and Western classical music. A renaissance man of the harp-lute with over twenty years experience, his work is a unique synthesis of classical, jazz and traditional music and embodies the legacy of the idiom; African Classical Music.
Tunde’s work has changed the face of classical and contemporary music in Europe and Africa. He is one of the only composers in the world to be steeped in both Western and African Music combining two cultural musical legacies. Tunde Jegede studied both Western classical music and the Griot Tradition of West Africa from a very early age, attending the Purcell School of Music in London and learning from a Master of the Kora in the Gambia, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh.
This unique cultural inheritance has since informed his work as a composer and multi-instrumentalist, creating links between European classical music and that of Africa. With his new solo albums, Heritage and Testimony he has created a set of mirrors between the old and new world, between compositions for solo cello and kora. Tunde Jegede is, in himself, a dialogue between contemporary classical music and a renewed vision of an oral tradition rooted in Malian culture – the Griot vision. He is truly a 21st century renaissance man.
He is currently artistic director of Muson.
Welcome to Our World!!
Wednesday 19 November 2014
3 pm- 4:30 pm
CCA, Lagos 9 McEwen Street Sabo Yaba
CCA, Lagos is pleased to host internationally acclaimed London based Ghanaian Artist Godfried Donkor.
During his visit in Lagos from Monday 17th to Thursday 20th November he will be visiting art galleries,exhibition and art schools as well as doing portfolio reviews with young artists.
Wednesday 19th November : Portfolio Reviews: 11am – 1pm
Wednesday 19th : Artist Talk at CCA, Lagos 3pm – 4.30pm
Godfried Donkor will give a talk about his artistic practice and his varied influences.
The portfolio review is free and on a first come first served basis for young artists and will last approximately 20mins. Please have 5-10 images of 1 or 2 bodies of work to discuss. Phone or text Kemi at the CCA, Lagos office to sign up on +234 8155807542
Spaces are very limited.
Godfried looks forward to interacting with the Lagos art scene. Please join CCA, Lagos in welcoming him.
Saturday 16 August 2014
3 pm- 5 pm
CCA, Lagos 9 McEwen Street Sabo Yaba
The Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos cordially invites you to a roundtable on drawing and its application beyond the conventional processes. This is part of the ongoing 1Work project with Artist Odun Orimolade.
Every creative person photographer, filmmaker, architect, sculptor, painter, ceramist see drawing as a fundamental basis for conceptualization, description and development of varied creative contents and projects. The roundtable will focus on drawing and its value as finished work of art rather than a process; strategies applied in pushing the boundaries of traditional drawing and other new frontiers in experimental drawing.
Joining the artist on the roundtable are: Peju Layiwola of the University of Lagos, Olu Amoda, Yaba College of Technology and Drawing Artist Ibe Ananaba.
Moderators are Bisi Silva (Initiator, 1Work) and Jude Anogwih (Curator 1Work project).
Friday 25 April 2014, 3 pm
Art, Textiles, and the Act of Commemoration in Nigeria
Join us at CCA, Lagos tomorrow 3pm Friday 25th April 2014 for talk by doctoral research candidate Erin Rice for her talk “Art, Textiles, and the Act of Commemoration in Nigeria”.
Erin M. Rice was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She studied art history and fine arts at Providence College and in 2010 received a Masters degree in art history from Tufts University. She currently lives in Switzerland and is working towards a PhD in art history at the University of Bern. Her research interests center around the cross-cultural histories of fabric and textiles in Nigeria, and how those textiles have been used by modern and contemporary artists (particularly women artists) in Nigeria since Independence until today. She is part of an interdisciplinary research group called “Other Modernities” whose work focuses on histories of modernity in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. In 2012, Rice was a grantee of the OYASAF research fellowship program.
Over the past four months Rice has been working with the CCA Lagos on programming for the 2014 4th Asiko Programme in Dakar which kicks off May 5th, as well as doing research towards her dissertation.
We look forward to welcoming you all at 3pm
Saturday 15 March 2014, 2 pm
The El Anatsui Story: From Anyako to a Global Conquest.
Rikki Wemega-Kwawu’s talk will focus on El Anatsui’s Contribution to World Art and use to map out the implications for the contemporary Artist from Africa today.
Rikki Wemega-Kwawu is an internationally renowned Ghanaian Painter and Installation Artist. He also loves to write on art, engaging in social and philosophical discourse. He is the author of the provocative essay, “The Politics of Exclusion,” on the central question of the over representation (by galleries, museums, exhibitions, etc.) of artists of the Diaspora as representatives of the contemporary art of the African continent. Rikki is an alumnus of the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, U.S.A. In 2008, he was an Adjunct Professor in Art at the New York University – Accra Campus, where he taught Post-Colonial Studio Practices. He lives and works in Takoradi, Ghana.