Otobong Nkanga: Places of Inspiration and Creativity; A Performative Lecture

2pm, 8 December 2011

As CCA,Lagos celebrates 4 years, we are pleased to invite Belgium based Nigerian artist Otobong Nkanga to present a performative lecture.

Otobong Nkanga will focus on her artistic practice by departing from her places and spaces of inspiration, be it linked to her memories or everyday encounters with objects, landscapes, architectural structures or a pineapple. Eschewing the traditional lecture format, she will bring an element of performativity into the talk as she discusses certain works that have been created in Nigeria as well as in other locations around the world. In so doing she highlights the way in which she negotiates the different spaces and materials she encounters and which allow her to create.

Born in 1974, Kano, Nigeria. Lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Nkanga began her art studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile- Ife, Nigeria, and later continued them in Paris at the Ecole Nationale  Supérieure des Beaux-Arts. She has been an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and she finished her Masters program at Dasarts, Amsterdam in 2008.

Nkanga makes use of different mediums like drawing, performance, photography video or installation to put forward observations and sensations of the everyday influences in our social developments/changes in our environment and culture. In her pluri-disciplinary approach, Nkanga’s works, structured around of chains of associations, reveals the complex layering and interwoven histories of our society. Her works refers to autobiographical narratives and social ecological realities of spaces of her homeland and places she encounters.

She has exhibited widely internationally and her recent shows include: “The Altered Landscape”, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, Nevada, USA. “Marklinworld”, Kunsthalle KAdE Amersfoort, Amersfoort, The Netherlands. “All we ever wanted”, Center of Contemporary Arts, Lagos, Nigeria. “Outres Measures and Radio Programmes”,  La Galerie, Centre d’art Contemporain, Noisy-le-Sec, France. ‘ARS 11’, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland and “Faites comme chez vous”, Raw Material Company, Dakar, Senegal. Website: www.otobongnkanga.com

Curating Contemporary Art of the Global South by Gabriela Salgado

4pm, 29 November 2011

In 2011 Art-iculate is pleased to invite London based Argentine curator Gabriela Salgado who will be presenting a lecture on Tuesday 29th November 2011.

Gabriela Salgado will present her curatorial practice departing from the idea of cultural borders, with references to Latin American artists and theorists. The talk will cover her independent projects as well as her institutional roles such as her tenure as curator of the Latin American Art Collection UECLAA, at Essex University (1999-2005) and her last role as curator of Public Programmes at Tate Modern (2006-2011) in order to analyse the institution’s collection policies as well as the hierarchies and formalities that separate the role of the curators in exhibition making and education roles and their relation with current artistic practice.

Gabriela Salgado is an Argentine-born curator based in London, UK. After obtaining an MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art she has worked independently in the UK and Latin America. She has curated a large number of exhibitions and has organised international workshops, and residencies programmes in the UK, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia and Spain. 

Yinka Shonibare MBE

April 2011

Internationally acclaimed Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will discuss his artistic trajectory over the past two decades, presenting key themes from his vast and diverse artistic practice.

Yinka Shonibare, MBE was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and later at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA-graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonial and post-colonial themes. His work explores these issues through the media of painting, sculpture, photography and, more recently, film and performance. With this wide range of media, Shonibare examines in particular the construction of identity and the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe. Having described himself as a ‘post-colonial’ hybrid, Shonibare questions the meaning of cultural and national definitions. In 2004 Shonibare was shortlisted for the Turner Prize and in 2009 he won a commission for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square, for which he unveiled in 2010 a scale model of Nelson’s ship HMS Victory in a bottle. He has exhibited at the Venice Biennial and internationally at leading museums worldwide.

 This edition of Art-iculate is supported by Shonibare Studio, The Menil Collection and Terra Kulture.
 Shonibare’s visit is supported by The Menil Collection, Houston and is part of the preliminary research for work to be presented in the forthcoming exhibition Love and Africa (2012–13) taking place in Houston and Lagos in collaboration with CCA, Lagos.

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