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.

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