rele was conceived as a response to an innate and unexplainable love for the arts. This love extends and cuts across various artistic mediums and platforms, thereby creating a constant desire to seek, develop and promote collaborations.
With rele, every artist that is encountered and nurtured is the STAR. The artist exudes qualities that needs to be seen and felt, because of what use is a gift if it is not shared?
rele is home to the artist who needs a safe place while daring to be different, home to the artist that is versatile and evolving, home to the artist who quite simply just wants to create.
The mission here is to build the gap between the artist and the rest of the world.
Catch the maiden exhibition through the month of February 2015 featuring:
Taye Quaye Joe Amenechi Osione Itegboje Kayode Adegbola Zainabu Jalio Tunde Kelani Victor Ehikhamenor Taiye Idahor Wole Lagunju
3 Day Performance Lagos, Nigeria January 26 - 28, 2015
Conference Speakers: Oladayo AKANBI, Jelili Atiku, Marie Gavois and Michel Klöfkorn, Venue: Yusuf Grillo Auditorium, School of Art and Printing, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria Date: Monday January 26, 11.00am
Performances Artists:Adedapo Micheal ADEDEJI, Adedumola Cecilia ADENIRAN, Adekunle Rafiu ALIMI, Akintomide ADESEMOYE, Anthony Uchenna AJAERO, Akinkunmi BECKLEY, Augustus, Burns EFFIOM, Clement AGHOLOR , Chetachukwu OKWARACHUKWU, David Otobo JOSEPH, Jelili ATIKU, Marcellina OSEGHALE, Marie GAVOIS, Michael Onimisi OTARU, Michel KLÖFKORN, Neri Ezekiel USEN, Odun ORIMOLADE, Olanrewaju TEJUOSO, Tolulope AMI, and Tunmininu GBEBIRE.
Venues:School of Art and Printing, Yaba College of Technology, Ojuwoye – Mushin, and Ejigbo Date: Monday January 26, 2:00pm daily
Big 60 & International Video Art Festival Lagos 2014/2015
58 Raymond Njoku
January 22nd 7pm
The second annual festival hosted in collaboration with A Whitespace - Lagos continues with work by Nigerian and Indonesian artists, with films being made available by OK Video. The screening will feature 10 years of Indonesian film alongside a curated exhibition of Nigerian videos entitled ‘Owambe’ and features an installation fro Odun Orimolade. The screening is supported by the British Council Nigeria
Owambe The gathering of people in celebration is an important part of the Nigerian culture. The milestones of life are marked through community gatherings, music and dance, with the ‘Owambe’ being a classic example of this. Owambe translates as "He/She was there", a colloquial expression for a party where the who-is-who in the Nigerian society are in attendance. Visual cues tell of ties to a celebrant through fabric materials that provide uniformity and a sense of belonging. The entire scene is illuminated by shimmering headpieces (gele) and brilliantly coloured costumes (aso ebi), all creatively embroidered and worn with accustomed grace. Reciprocity is practiced in that giving flows in all directions, from the celebrant to the families and the guest; there exists a commonality in the dispersal of gifts.
Van Lagos collaborated with invited Nigerian video artists to explore/interpret Owambe, and how Nigerian communities and cultures contribute to the wider cultural discourse of the global community.
A Whitespace, 58 Raymond Njoku SW Ikoyi Lagos January 22nd 7pm
In 2014, VAN Lagos was invited as one of the art organizations at the International Artists Initiated (IAI) project, presented by the David Dale Gallery and Studios as part of The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. This took place alongside the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland.
This is a video installation that simulates an Owambe ambience. Owambe translates as "He/She was there", a colloquial expression for a party where the who-is-who in the Nigerian society are in attendance. Visual cues tell of ties to a celebrant through fabric materials that provide uniformity and a sense of belonging. The entire scene is illuminated by shimmering headpieces (gele) and brilliantly coloured costumes (aso ebi), all creatively embroidered and worn with accustomed grace. Reciprocity is practiced in that giving flows in all directions, from the celebrant to the families and the guest; there exists a commonality in the dispersal of gifts.
As part of this expanded screening and in partnership with A Whitespace the Video Art Network Lagos is pleased to host the International Video Art Festival Lagos running from the 18th December 2014 - 15th January 2015.
These artists explore/interpret Owambe, and how Nigerian communities and cultures contribute to the wider cultural discourse of the global community.
Our guest country in this edition is Indonesia with films generously made available by OK Video. This screening features 10 years of video art in Indonesian.
The programme is being organised and curated by the Video Art Network, Lagos and OK Video , Indonesia with the support of the British Council.
About the Organisation:
The Video Art Network Lagos (VAN Lagos) is a Lagos based New Media art organization, established by the collaborative efforts of artists Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and cultural producer Oyindamola Fakeye. The organizations objectives are to develop educational and public programmes that promote and create new media art awareness in Nigeria. This is realized through curated screenings and exhibitions of both established and emerging New Media artists.
OK Video is one of the division of Ruangrupa, a contemporary art organization founded in 2000 by a group of artists in Jakarta which encourages the progress of the idea of art in the urban context and the broad scope of culture through exhibitions, festivals, art laboratories, workshops, research, and the publication of books, magazines, and journals.
In addition to organizing the biennial video festival OK. Video – Jakarta International Video Festival, the division also conducts workshops, production, collection, documentation, and distribution of video art in Indonesia.
VAN Lagos, is pleased to present BODA- BODA LOUNGE PROJECT, a pan African video art festival in LAGOS. The Boda-Boda Lounge Project is a cross-continental video festival that is featured in over 15 spaces throughout Africa. The Boda-Boda Lounge Project is a collaborative project between VANSA (South Africa), Picha (Congo DRC) and VAN Lagos (Nigeria).
Film screenings would be accompanied by a public conversation and a special tribute to renowned late video artist Goddy Leye.
21- 23 November 2014
BC garden Café, Omenka Gallery
24 Ikoyi Crescent
Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER:
Video Screening/Public conversation
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Video Screening/ Tribute to artist and intellectual Goddy Leye
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER
Video Screening/Public conversation
VAN Lagos screening of the Boda Boda project is proudly supported by CCA Lagos, Omenka Gallery and the Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria.
The music, politics and ideologies of Afrobeat music pioneer and human rights activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti, would influence Nigeria and the World long after his death in 1997. As part of the 2014 Felabration celebration, The Video Art Network Lagos (VAN Lagos) will be screening five films documenting his life and impact, including unreleased footage.
BIG 60 is a
‘lifestyle installation’ by a White Space that mixes up an explosive brew of
fashion, art, music and lifestyle events over the course of 60 days. In
partnership with White Space the Video Art Network will be hosting the International
Video Art Festival Lagos running from 12th December
2013- 31st January 2014
The purpose of the festival concerns the
presentation, promotion and development of new media within the context of
contemporary art practices in Nigerian specifically, but also globally. The
need for such a project can be especially felt within Nigeria, wherein familiar
art practices such as painting and sculpture tend to dominate the art scene.
Because of this, the International Video Art Festival Lagos 2013 will provide
new and alternative possibilities for local artists and cultural producers–in
addition to functioning as a meeting point for emerging and established media
artists from all over the world.
Featuring work from: Anna Linder, Daniel Steegmann
Mangrané , Christina Gangos, Debora Elgeholm, Aditi
Kulkarni, Amol Patil, Baptist Coelho, Chinmoyi Patel, Monali Meher, Paramita
Das, Prabhakar Pachpute, Sabrina Osbrone, Uma Ray, Vaibhav Shah, Jude Anogwih,
Emeka Ogboh, Wura Natash Ogunji, Kaneng Lolang, Adebukola Bodunrin, Uche
The programme is being organised and curated
by the Video Art Network, Lagos, Unbound
Studio, India and Where Dreams
Studio is a newly formed multi-disciplinary platform located in
Pune, India. It is founded with an interest to communicate through various
medium of contemporary art and design. Unbound Studio is dedicated to grow as
an experimental and cultural platform which explores variety of conceptual and
original approaches in various genres of art, design and experimental film
Where Dreams Cross is based on the idea of trying to
make film and video art more accessible and open, seeking to create new exhibit
opportunities and to reach out to people who do not generally go to see film
and video art. One of the main goals is to create a free, spontaneous,
surprising and more personal experience for the spectator. The project has a
democratic intention: that art should be available for all, regardless of prior
knowledge or cultural background. The project is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Video Art Network Lagos (VAN
Lagos) is a Lagos
based New Media art organization, established by the collaborative efforts of
artists Emeka Ogboh, Jude Anogwih and cultural producer Oyindamola Fakeye. The
organizations objectives are to develop educational and public programmes that
promote and create new media art awareness in Nigeria. This is realized through
curated screenings and exhibitions of both established and emerging New Media
Films4Peace celebrates World Peace Day, 21st September 2013, with a unique global film project
For World Peace Day on 21st September, films4peace, an annual, unique short film commission by PUMA, again explores the subject of peace via the medium of film. Now in its third year, the project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection, supported by PUMAand produced by Shooting People. It features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace.
These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, both physically at cultural and educational venues globally, and online via websites, blogs and media channels. The films are live screened at hundreds of cultural venues, from Human Rights Festivals to major museums public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres, from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India - in 2012, screenings spanned across 23 countries.
Justin DeKoszmovszky, PUMAVision Program Manager, said: “We are proud to produce films4peace with Shooting People for the third year running. This year we commissioned seven fantastic artists to again explore and interpret the subject of peace Peace to catalyze discussion and action, starting -- but not ending -- on World Peace Day. At PUMA we believe that film can be a powerful medium for change that can enlighten, educate and engage individuals such as consumers, activists, investors, voters, employees and leaders on issues critical to all of us.” This year, 7 acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create short films around the subject of peace: Rob Carter, Wilmer Wilson IV, Athi-Patra Ruga, Zanele Moholi, Anthony Goicolea, and Assume Vivid Astro Focus.
Zanele Moholi is a multi-award winning, highly provocative and exceedingly in demand South African photographer. Moholi’s work is mostly about increasing the visibility of gay and transgender culture in the black community and she has drawn considerable attention to the practice of “queericide” – people who are killed via gender related hate crimes.
Fellow South African Athi‐Patra Ruga is fast becoming an exciting rising star in performance art. Ruga himself dresses up in a spectacular array of costumes, inserting himself, or rather the characters he is playing, into challenging situations. He pulls together film, fashion and photography to make thought provoking, striking pieces relating to cultural identity as a hybrid construct.
23 year old Wilmer Wilson (Washington, USA) is a recent photography graduate whose card was marked when the prestigious Conner Contemporary gallery singled him out as one to watch and invited him to debut his challenging first collection. In creating ‘Domestic Exchange’ Wilson found his 3D voice to make live sculptures using every day objects with low cultural value to make poignant points around freedom, choice, race.
Over the past decade, New York based Cuban American Anthony Goicolea has gained a reputation as the consummate storyteller. Having created a significant body of work which has gained great acclaim and found its way into numerous galleries both locally and internationally, Goicolea’s multimedia works are enigmatic, mysterious, ambiguous, humorous, unsettling, and provocative.
Brooklyn-based Englishman Rob Carter has a knack for exposing landmarks and iconic structures from above while using his often comedic but always thoughtful knife (literally and figuratively) to create collages of the original material. Whether its placing the unofficial Church of England (the home of footballers Manchester United) in Canterbury Cathedral, the home of the actual Church of England or placing imagery literally among plants and documenting its growth, his work is thought provoking and engaging.
First initiated by Brazilian-born artist Eli Sudbrack in 1994 as a professional tag, assume vivid astro focus is now a continuously evolving international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups of graffiti, disco worship, gay porn and carnival in the form of large-scale installations and performance art. They are included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawing Collection.
Films4peace celebrates World Peace Day - an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organizations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. Each artist will visually interpret the subject of Peace to create a short film, which, in keeping with the spirit of the commission, will be gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around peace globally.
The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and scope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme.
PUMA is one of the world’s leading Sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Creativity, SAFE Sustainability and Peace, and by staying true to the principles of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Football, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. Sport Fashion features collaborations with renowned designer labels such as Alexander McQueen and Mihara Yasuhiro. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Cobra Golf and Tretorn. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs about 11,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.puma.com
The Future Generation Art Prize established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation is a worldwide contemporary art prize to discover, recognize and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. The Prize will be a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.
The Prize is an innovative new international award for artists up to 35 years of age, investing in the artistic development and new production of works. Awarded through a competition, judged by a distinguished jury, the Prize is founded on the idea of generosity, a network of outstanding patron artists and institutional partners, and a highly democratic application procedure.
After the great success of the first edition, which culminated with an internationally acclaimed exhibition in Venice during the 2011 Venice Biennale, we are pleased to launch the second edition of the prize, which will conclude with an exhibition in Kiev at the end of 2012.
The Future Generation Art Prize 2010 received over 6,000 applications from over 135 countries, and this past summer its 21 shortlisted artists participated in a special exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale. The winner was Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle, who was awarded with a $100,000 prize. The exhibition included 21 finalists, among whom were Fikret Atay (Turkey), Cao Fei (China), Keren Cytter (Israel), Nicholas Hlobo (South Africa), and Hector Zamora (Mexico).
Since it was founded, the Future Generation Art Prize has successfully established an exciting platform for global contemporary art. Artists around the world under the age of 35 may enter the competition The 2012 application will be open for three months online: 6 February – 6 May 2012.
After the application period, the Selection Committee will shortlist twenty artists for an exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, which will be judged by an International Jury. The Jury will then award one main prize of $100,000.
For more information and to apply: http://futuregenerationartprize.org
VAN,Lagos and CCA,Lagos are Platform Partners for the Future Generation Art Prize