Friday, 27 March 2009

the building

Saturday, March 28th 2009,
2 - 6 PM at the building

e-flux video rental is please to present Storytellers: an afternoon screening of Nollywood films selected by Clara Meister, with special thanks to Uli Seifert.

the building
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14A
Berlin 10249 DE
T: 030 28 04 79 73

The Nigerian video-film industry started with a guerrilla attitude and grew over the past 15 years to be the third largest film industry worldwide, releasing more than 30 films per week. Strongly linked to daily West African life and told from a native point of view, Nollywood reaches its audience with stories of common concern, such as love, faith and betrayal.

The introduction of affordable recording techniques promoted the rise of an industry whose medium was to become a mean of expression for future filmmakers. They distribute their movies in VHS and DVD to reach a large audience via sidewalks and local markets.

The technical advancement provides not only a voice to many filmmakers. The democratization of movie making also allows for a much shorter production time that enables them to respond faster to reality's development. Certain political events have turned into films only two weeks after taking place, fictionalizing reality by filling the gaps of missing information with personal or collective narratives.

Apart from the appearance of some Nollywood films at international festivals, this genre remains an African phenomenon - widely accessible and influential in Africa, with its own mode of circulation and distribution, but hardly to be found at international rental stores.


2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Screening

5:00 pm introduction and talk by Clara Meister and Julien Enoka

Looped program on several screens:

"What I want" (Consorts International Ltd.)
"Our days on earth" (JBM Merchandise)
"Congo Marriage" (Samlex Electronics Co. Ltd.)
"Congo Marriage 2" (Samlex Electronics Co. Ltd.)
"Miss Nigeria" (Ossy Affason Video)
"Miss Nigeria 2" (Ossy Affason Video)
"Wounded Land 2" (Ayo Industries Nig. Ltd.)
"Jealous Mind" (Okayson Electronics Ltd.)
"Love, Sex & Marriage" (Ulzee Nig. Ltd.)
"Not my man" (P. Collins and Associates Ltd.)
"2 Hell with u" (Morning Star Production)

Julien Enoka-Ayemba is a filmtheorist and critic based in Berlin. He is co-founder of the anticolonial filmgroup Remember Resistance and is currently working on a publication about Nollywood.

Clara Meister is a PHD candidate at The Humbold University based in Berlin. She works and writes in the field of contemporary art. So far she collaborated on several international projects and with Institutions such as Haus der Kunst in Munich, Germany. She is the co-founder of SOUNDFAIR a project collecting and exhibiting sound.


e-flux video rental

(EVR) is an ongoing work by Anton Vidokle and Julieta Aranda, comprising a free video rental, a public screening room, and a film and video archive that is constantly growing. This collection of over 850 works of film and video art has been assembled in collaboration with more than 400 artists, curators and critics.

EVR is a poetic exploration of alternative processes of circulation and distribution, and it is structured to function like a typical video rental store, except that it operates for free. VHS tapes can be watched in the space, or, once a new member fills out a membership form and contract, they can be checked out and viewed at home. Originally presented at a storefront in New York, in 2004, EVR has traveled to art venues in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Seoul, Paris, Istanbul, Canary Islands, Austin, Budapest, Boston, Antwerp, Berlin, Miami, Lyon, Lisbon and Cali.

Every time EVR opens in a new city, local artists, curators and writers are invited to serve as selectors, choosing artists whose work is added to the collection. In addition, a special program of screenings of works from the EVR collection is part of the project.


the building
Platz der Vereinten Nationen 14A
Berlin 10249 DE
T: 030 28 04 79 73

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the building is open Thursday through Saturday, 12 - 6 pm.
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Thursday, 26 March 2009

Art-iculate at the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos

Opening Times
Tues - Sat 10am - 6pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Lagos

Ms Solange Farkas is an internationally respected curator with a special interest in exploring relations between Brazil and Africa with Nigeria especially. She will be discussing issues on contemporary Brazilian Art.

Le Petit Marche

Lagos Toast
12a TBS

A brand new shopping experience.

Line up includes:

Retail / High street clothing

Vintage clothing

Independent designers


Art and crafts

Leather goods.....and much more

So wear your comfortable shoes...and get ready to bargain hunt!!!

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Wednesday, 25 March 2009



I am looking for internships/ residencies in France/ Belgium for arts administration, curating and producing. If you can help please send me an email at or comment on this post.





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“Art Enclosures – Confini d’arte – Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice”

Fondazione di Venezia is about to launch the second phase of the project “Art Enclosures – Confini d’arte – Residencies for visiting international artists in Venice”, which started in 2008 in cooperation with Polymnia s.rl. and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa.

Fondazione di Venezia would like to bring to your attention the general terms and deadlines of the upcoming residency programme, which will take place in Venice from May to July 2009. The project consists in a three-month residency period that offers the opportunity and a series of activities of visibility for two emerging artists up to the age of 40 coming from the African continent.

For each artist the project will cover travelling expenses and lodging at the accommodation provided by Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, plus a monthly grant of 700 euro before taxes for living and travelling expenses while in Venice.

The programme makes available to the artists the spaces of the studios of the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa and part of the materials necessary to create a works of art to be completed by the end of the 3-month period. The materials will be made available according to the artist’s requests.

The visiting artists will have the opportunity to be also involved in the studio activities organized for them and thus come into contact with other local and international artists and the cultural activities run by Fondazione di Venezia and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa.

During the residency period, a number of meetings will be organized locally to introduce and showcase the figure of the artist and his/her work in the most appropriates places, in particular university centers, art Institutes and Galleries.

Finally, the artists will be offered the possibility to visit on a complimentary basis some of the main exhibitions and museums in the area, like for example the 53rd edition of Biennale di Venezia.

At the end of the three months’ residency, a small exhibition of the works produced will be organized. At the end of the first year of Art Enclosures, the produced works will be published in an ad hoc catalogue.

In order to participate in the programme, artists must send via e-mail (, an application together with the following materials:

- a portfolio with minimum 10 art works (including captions);

- a curriculum vitae;

- a short statement (max. 600 characters including spaces).

Besides, the participants must be free from any previous engagement for the indicated period and must hold a valid passport.

The deadline for the application is April 5, 2009.

The selected artists will be notified within two weeks.

Tuesday, 24 March 2009


As the founder of the West African Museums Programme (1982-87) and Chief Curator of the National Museum of African Art (1987-97), Philip L. Ravenhill was a major creative force in the study, collection, preservation, and exhibition of African art. The Philip L. Ravenhill Fellowship is awarded to an art historian, cultural anthropologist, museum curator, or visual artist of African heritage. The Fellowship is intended to give deserving individuals the opportunity to travel, conduct research, or practice their art in North American or European museums or educational institutions. Preference is given to young or mid-career scholars or artists who have not recently had the opportunity to travel internationally. Applicants must secure the agreement of a potential host institution in advance of their application to be considered for the Ravenhill Fellowship. Such affiliation could also provide the recipient with matching funds.

Support may be requested for periods of one to three months, and applications will be funded up to US $7,500 (less applicable taxes). Successful applicants will have demonstrated accomplishment in research related to or practice of contemporary or traditional African arts.

All applicants must be citizens of an African country, although not necessarily current residents of Africa. The following materials must be included in support of the application:

1. Resumé or curriculum vitae.

2. An official letter written by the department head or administrator of the proposed host institution (museum, art school, college, or university) confirming approval of the applicant's proposed residency at that institution.

3. A description of no more than one thousand words clearly explaining the project to be undertaken and the expected outcomes (e.g. monograph, chapter, article, exhibition, catalogue).

4. Three letters of reference from professional employers, mentors, or colleagues.

5. Projected dates of travel and length of residency.

6. The name, phone number, and email address of a contact person at the proposed host institution.

7. A detailed budget including travel expenses, living expenses, and supplies.

8. For visual artists, ten to twenty digital images saved to a CD or 35mm slides of recent work (jpgs sent via email are not acceptable).

Applications should be sent to Betsy Escandor at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Box 951549, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1549. All applications are due by May 15, 2009. Email applications are not acceptable.

I have uploaded a few more opportunities on the right hand side of the main blogger page.

“In the Light of Play”

11th - 27th March 2009

Durban Art Gallery,

Durban 2nd Floor,City Hall, Anton Lembede Street,

Durban 4001, South Africa

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos
) is pleased to present to a Durban audience its inaugural special projects initiative. “In the light of play” is an exhibition organised by Nigerian curator, Bisi Silva consisting of works by acclaimed artists; Berry Bickle (Zimbabwe) Sokari Douglas Camp (Nigeria/UK) Helga Kohl (Namibia) Bongi Bengu (South Africa), Pinar Yolacan (Turkey) and Monique Pelser (South Africa).

In the light of play eschews a prescribed conceptual framework to highlight multiple connections, interconnections and even disconnections in the work of individual artists. Through this format the exhibition communicates the way in which artists are dealing with some of the salient issues in contemporary society as they affect us individually and collectively; culture and tradition, identity, memory, presence and absence, the body, consumption and commodification as well as social injustice. The artists work in a diversity of media including scultpture, painting, photography and mixed media articulating a myriad of contextual and aesthetic concerns.

Pinar Yolacan presents works from her critically acclaimed series “Maria”, a collection of 22 stunning life size portrait photographs of African-Brazilian women. Taken over a twelve month period in Itaparica, Bahia, Maria portrays the women dressed in elaborate hand sewn couture costumes with trimmings of ‘unusual’ materials such as velvet, satin, tripe, placenta and liver. Through this series, Yolacan engages with issues of beauty , the female body, colonialism, and death.

Yolacan was born in Ankara, turkey in 1981. She studied fashion at Central Saint Martins and Media at Chelsea School of Art, London. She graduated with a BFA from Cooper Union in New York, USA.

Monique Pelser presents a lyrical yet haunting series of close-up portraits, appropriated from South African newspaper photographs and taken with a Nokia 5200. In “Bystanders” (2008) the starting point is the images of ‘marginal’ bystanders instead of central characters involved in various historical ways in South African history. The images are taken from newspapers reporting on local and global events such as the oil embargo, Nelson Mandela’s release, the state of emergency, the rugby world cup and the resignation of Thabo Mbeki. By making the pixilation process visible, Pelser explores a potential association between the painter’s brushstrokes and the digital photographic technique.

Pelser was born in 1976. She majored in photographic arts at the Rhodes University. She is a lecturer in fine art photography at Wits School of Art, Johannesburg.

Bongi Bengu’s work is from her recent “Emancipation” series in which she develops her themes on women’s rights, slavery, meditation, freedom of expression and the right to education and cultural imperatives. The individual emancipation leads to the freedom we desire to experience in our communities, our land and our continent. A renaissance of rebirth, renewal and freedom of choice.

Bengu was born in Eshowe. She obtained a BA cum Laude from Mount Vern College, Washington DC and an MA from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

Berry Bickle
calls her investigations of texts and language ‘rewrites’. She is particularly fascinated by the relationship of texts to history and memory. In her heavily layered works, in which she often prints, scratches, scribbles and even burns fragments of texts into and on a variety of surfaces, Bickle encourages us to reflect on the process of inscription. She draws on the decaying remnants of archival texts, anthologies, colonial travel narratives, family journals and the ubiquitous written messages on scraps of paper that inform our lives.

Bickle was born in 1959 in Zimbabwe. She studied at the Durban Institute of Technology and Rhodes University.

Sokari Douglas Camp
’s work observes both the British and Nigerian cultural realities from the perspectives described as ‘outside’. However, she believes that this position helps her to perceive both cultures with great clarity describing her work as being ‘about what’s going on in London’ whilst also celebrating her Kalabari culture. In the past her work has been biting political criticism of the inhumanities perpetrated in the oil producing Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Recently Douglas Camp has been moving away from violent imagery in her work, saying ‘I wanted to get away from violence and I thought by focusing on beautiful things I could change something. Going back to my Adire collection and making very simple flat images I discovered so much about Yoruba culture’. Her more recent works are playful and celebratory sculpture of African textile and fashion as an investigation of identity.

Douglas Camp CBE was born in 1958 in Buguma, Nigeria to a Kalabari family. She moved to the UK where she studied art, first at the Central School of Art (1980-1983) and then at the Royal College of Art (1983-1986) majoring in Sculpture.

Helga Kohl’s “Kolmanskop” series are beautiful haunting photographs of the desolate landscape of the Namib Desert. The neglected architectural structures of the former diamond-mining town of Kolmanskop and her attempt to recapture a ‘glorious’ past, belie a complex narrative of man’s greed and exploitation of nature’s resource to the point of depletion.

Kohl was born in Silesia. (1943). She studied the techniques of photography at the Christoph Bath Photo Studio in Munster, Germany.


Bisi Silva, Curator, “ In the Light of Play” is the director/founder of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and an independent curator. Amongs her projects includes co-curator, Dak’Art Biennale (2006), “Democrazy:Three solo exhibitions and a publication”,(2008). Like a Virgin… Lucy Azubuike & Zanele Muholi, (2009). She is a curator of the 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Greece in May 2009.

Carol Brown, Project/Curatorial Consultant. Was formerly Director of the Durban Art Gallery and currently works independently on a number of different international and national projects. She has collaborated with Bisi Silva to bring the exhibition to the Durban Art Gallery as a preview to the Johannesburg Art Fair.
Notes to editors
The exhibition 'In the light of play', will be presented at the 2nd Johannesburg Art Fair in April 3-5, 2009, at the Sandton Convention Centre. VISIT US AT BOOTH 14

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is a Visual Art organisation founded in 2007, which aims to be a platform for the development, presentation and discussion of Nigerian contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create a new audience, and prioritise media such as photography, animation, film, video, performance and installation art, which have been under-presented in Nigeria. CCA,Lagos supports the intellectual and critical development of different art and culture practitioners through talks, workshops, seminars and exhibitions. In addition, they promote the professionalization of production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa collaborating with artists, curators, writers, theorists and national and international organizations.

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