12th – 31st of August 2013

CCA, Lagos is pleased to announce a collaboration with the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts inviting a Nigerian artist to take part in their renowned short courses held by a faculty of experienced artists and curators from around the world.

Taiye Idahor at the Alte Hallein studio,one of the two locations of the International Summer Academy. Photo:Courtesy the Artist.

Artist Taiye Idahor will participate in a three week course ‘Simsimsalaboom! Before you learn to fly, learn how to fall’ from the 12th – 31st of August 2013. As the course outline indicates, “In this experimental course, the character of sculpture is explored through everyday objects and the potential that lies in them when their meaning is altered by placing them in a different context. How can one combine existing materials into collages, assemblages, sculptures or installations so as to create new contextual relationships?” This course will be lead by artist Christoph Draeger.

Artists Taiye Idahor remarks that “…the potential that lies within everyday objects interests me, Lagos is a vibrant city and it is also reflected in the waste that is produced everyday, and the use of these objects have unconsciously become the path of my work. I am interested in finding or creating more possibilities for the many lost objects that I am surrounded by in my city Lagos, hence I really look forward to the possibilities the class has to present and experience other ways to approach an ‘object’”.

The collaboration came through CCA, Lagos director’s invitation to take part in a roundtable discussion on ‘The Post-Studio’ in 2012 but also the opportunity to become a student once again in the first ten day curatorial short course led by Maria Lind and Juan A. Gaitán at the Academy. Silva says “I had several conversations with the Summer Academy’s director Hildegund Amanshauser who wanted to extend the opportunities to West Africa as they had already received artists from South Africa. As part of CCA, Lagos’ objectives to support the professional development of artists locally and internationally this was an appropriate platform with which to partner. Salzburg is an incredibly beautiful city, and the diversity of courses, lectures and participants is amazing. This will prove to be an illuminating experience for anybody and we hope to explore the opportunity further in the coming next year or so.”

Hildegund Amanshauser, Director of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Art says, “I am very happy about this collaboration with the CCA in Lagos and with Bisi Silva, who is an excellent expert of contemporary art as well as of art from West Africa. This gives us the opportunity to work together with West African artists on a very high level. Collaborations like this make it possible for the Summer Academy to really become international.”

Taiye Idahor studied art the Yaba college of technology Lagos specialising in sculpture. She has taken part in a number of group exhibitions nationally and internationally including Marker Exhibition, Art Dubai 2013, and Ravy International Art Festival, Yaounde, 2012. She lives and works in Lagos.

The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts was founded in 1953 by Oskar Kokoschka as the “School of Vision”, in Hohensalzburg Fortress. Every year some 300 participants from more than 40 countries attend some 20 courses offered in three locations. With well-known artists from all over the world offering courses and workshops that focus on painting, drawing, graphic arts, (stone) sculpture, installation, mixed media, video, photography, performance and curatorial practice. The organisational structure of the Summer Academy makes it possible to react at short notice to current developments in the art world and to exert some influence on the latest trends.


CCA, Lagos will be closed from 19th August to 1st September 2013. (Open by Appointment only during these dates.)

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