Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Precedents and Currents

an exhibition curated by
Nwafor Uju Nkiruka Jane

OPENING: THURSDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2009
VENUE: UWC/ROBBEN ISLAND MUSEUM MAYIBUYE ARCHIVE (BESIDE UWC LIBRARY)


Precedents and Currents
Media reports have shown that demonstrations over poor public service in South Africa have soared since the past few years. In some of the protests, police fired rubber bullets at protesters who were demonstrating over the grim housing conditions they are forced to live in. Other upsetting riots, where foreigners were either killed or have their properties looted and burnt, featured recurrent elements of xenophobia. These instances of violent or sometimes peaceful protests inspired the theme of this exhibition.

Precedents and Currents is an exhibition that intends to see how these recent occurrences relate to the violent protests that happened during the apartheid era. One may assume that many were hopeful for improved and positive change in their lives and living conditions with the new democracy but that is yet to be fully realized in the post-apartheid era. Perhaps issues concerning housing, education, employment and land restitution that were not properly dealt with during apartheid are still re-surfacing again, generating xenophobic and violent protests. This exhibition, which was inspired by resistance protests, employs materials from the University of the Western Cape/Robben Island Museum Mayibuye archive to interrogate the concept of service delivery and to bring the audience's attention to the interrelatedness of the past to the present.
Photographers and artists whose works are exhibited include Dave Hartman, Omar Badsha, Paul Weinberg, Billy Paddock, Gill de Vlieg, Guy Tillim, Eli Weinberg, Andrew Lamprecht, Selma Waldman and Tyrone Appollis .

For more information visit www.ujunki.blogspot.com

Monday, 28 September 2009

Prêt-à-Partager: a transnational exchange in art fashion and sport




Un échange transculturel autour de l’art, de la mode et du sport
- Du lundi au samedi 11 H - 19 H
- Galerie Le Manège
- Entrée libre

En partenariat avec le Goethe-Institut

Vernissage le mardi 29 septembre à 18h30
Colloque le 30 septembre au Goethe-Institut de Dakar, à 18h30, en présence des artistes.(Point E, Rue Diourbel x piscine Olympique)

Une réflexion sur la mode, l’identité, l’histoire et le mouvement à travers les œuvres de 15 artistes réunis à l’initiative de l’Institut pour les Relations Culturelles avec l’Étranger (IFA) lors d’un workshop organisé à Dakar en novembre 2008 dans le cadre des Semaines culturelles allemandes.

La Galerie Le Manège est heureuse d’accueillir l’exposition Prêt-à-partager, proposée par le Goethe-Institut de Dakar. Cet événement marquera la deuxième étape d’une collaboration débutée en octobre 2008 avec l’exposition photographique Deutsche Vita de Stefan Moses, collaboration que Le Manège souhaite riche et pérenne. Regroupant 15 artistes et plus de 32 œuvres (110 photographies, vidéos, films, installations sonores et dans l’espace, créations de mode, sérigraphie), cette exposition témoigne du dynamisme et du brio de la création africaine contemporaine et de son potentiel à enrichir ses formes esthétiques et conceptuelles au contact d’artistes d’autres cultures. Lors de ces rencontres, les créateurs originaires d’Afrique et d’Europe se sont fait les vecteurs d’influences provenant des métropoles que sont Berlin, Kinshasa, Dakar, Londres, Stuttgart, Douala, Hambourg et Johannesburg, influences qui ont toutes convergé vers la capitale dakaroise.

Ainsi, Zohra Opoku met en scène dans les rues de Dakar un Jump Suits inspiré de la capoeira ; Astrid S. Klein installe ses œuvres dans des locaux de cinémas désaffectés, illustrant ainsi les mutations économiques et sociétales telles qu’elles se manifestent dans le paysage urbain de Dakar ; Nafissatou Diop joue au jeu du dévoilement et de la dissimulation avec des ensembles de lingerie, comme autant d’assertions esthétiques fascinantes sur les politiques du corps et du genre ; Ule Barcélos travestit des vêtements bon marché en y ajoutant marques et décorations à la manière des enfants et adolescents des milieux les moins favorisés ; Akinbode Akinbiyi livre au spectateur les coulisses du projet avec une série de photographies prises au cours du workshop... Autant d’expressions formelles qui interrogent le lien entre la mode et l’art aujourd’hui. Ce sont les 32 œuvres qui matérialisent le fruit de ce travail qui seront présentées dans le cadre de l’exposition Prêt-à-partager. Itinérante, cette exposition inaugurée à Dakar sera ensuite présentée pendant deux ans sur tout le continent africain.

Artistes exposés :

Akinbode Akinbiyi (Nigéria)
Ule Barcélos (Guinée-Bissau / Portugal / Allemagne)
Ndiaga Diaw (Sénégal)
Nafissatou Diop (Sénégal)
Simone Gilges (Allemagne)
Mamadou Gomis (Sénégal)
Zille Homma Hamid (Pakistan / Allemagne)
Astrid S. Klein (Allemagne)
Goddy Leye (Cameroun)
Philip Metz (Ghana / Allemagne)
Lambert Mousseka (République démocratique de Congo / Allemagne)
Zohra Opoku (Ghana / Allemagne)
Friedrich M. Ploch (Allemagne)
Athi-Patra Ruga (Afrique de sud)
Lolo Veleko (Afrique du Sud)

The prêt-à-partager exhibition is a transnational artistic dialogue on fashion, sport, Africa and its Diaspora. These collected works take the varied meanings and possibilities of clothing and fashion as determined by society and individuals and explore them in myriad ways that go beyond their function as consumer goods or economic factors. The Dakar metropolitan area serves as the stage for the protagonists of a world in constant flux, where concepts of identity are fluid.
The artists have utilised the tapestries of their own history and familiarisation with new cultural practices to develop striking works, hybrid creations which are socially explosive.

The artworks presented in the exhibition originated in the prêt-à-partager workshop in Dakar in November 2008. The exhibition which was curated by Elke aus dem Moore and Sandrine Micosse will go on a two-year tour of different countries in West, East and South Africa.

Independence Day Talk at CCA,Lagos, Thursday 1st of October at 2pm‏

Centre for Contemporary Art,Lagos is pleased to present its public programme on Thursday 1st of October as follows

Date Thursday 1st October 2009
Time 2pm (prompt o)
Venue - CCA,Lagos 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba

Artist Kainebi Osahenye talks about his exhibition Trash-ing with CCA,Lagos Director Bisi Silva.
They are then joined in a panel discussion on the State of Painting in Nigeria by Uche Edochie and Jess Castellote

3.30pm - Refreshments

4. 00pm Talk by Giles Peppiat, MRICS, Director, Bonhams
Mr Peppiat's talk will give an overview of the international auction house Bonhams as well as focus on the contemporary African art sales within an international context.

Giles Peppiatt studied at St. Andrews University before joining Bonhams in 1989. In 1993 he trained as an auctioneer and conducted his first auction in that year. In 1997 he qualified as a ‘Chartered Arts & Antiques Surveyor’ with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.



Giles is also the world leading expert on South African Art and in 2007 he established the first ever London auction devoted entirely to South African artists, “The South African Sale”. These sales have now established London as the global centre for South African Art with the turnover in 2008 in excess of $20 million.



In 2008 Giles organised and curated the first ever commercial auction of modern and contemporary African art to have been held in London. The sale was titled ‘Africa Now’ and was an enormous success. The auction showcased some of the best works in this field and was a new fresh manner to extend Bonham’s already powerful reach in this area. The sale included work by El Anatsui, Ben Enwonwu, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Malagatana and many others.



The next ‘Africa Now’ sale will be held in February 2010 in Bonham’s Madison Avenue galleries in New York.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Contemporary Photography Market: Trends and Opportunities, organised in association with ArtInsight.





Join key figures from the world of photography. Including Jeffrey Boloten, Managing Director ArtInsight, Matt Carey-Williams, Christies European Private Sales Director, Zelda Cheatle, Tosca Photography Fund and Brett Rogers, Director, The Photographers' Gallery.

The seminar is followed by a drinks reception and curator led tour of the exhibition André Kertész: On Reading.

Tickets: £75.00

For more information and to book email Jeffrey Bolotenon on jeffrey@artinsight.co.uk

16 - 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW
Tel: +44 (0)845 262 1618
Fax: +44 (0)20 7836 9704
Email: info@photonet.org.uk
www.photonet.org.uk

WiAiA comes to Lagos - Call for Applications

WIAIA COMES TO LAGOS
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

DEADLINE: 20 SEPTEMBER 2009


From 27 October to 4 November 2009, SPARCK will host the first WiAiA: an international workshop dedicated to innovative writing and publishing about contemporary creation in the African world.

WiAiA stands for Word into Art into Africa. WiAiA is designed to address the need, and to respond to active calls from arts practitioners with whom SPARCK collaborates, for (more) creative and (more) ethically engaged writing about the production of contemporary art in the African world – writing that addresses in original ways intersections between the arts and social, political and economic concerns in a globalised world.

The goal of these workshops is to provide a platform for fostering such writing and to assist in developing a strong readership for it. In the middle and longer term, WiAiA’s aim is to connect, grow and sustain a community of young writers who will shape, share and propel the engaged discourse of the workshops as part of an ongoing online publication project.
The Lagos workshop is the first in a series of three intimate and highly focused writers’ workshops, which will be staged in 2009-2010 in three cities: Lagos, Dakar and Kinshasa.
Each workshop will take the form of a master class and revolve around a particular art form. Each will take place in parallel with an emergent festival or exhibition WiAiA Lagos will focus on writing about contemporary dance and related performance genres (experimental circus; martial and trance arts; social dancing with historical roots in community activism). WiAiA Dakar will address writing on experimental video and WiAiA Kinshasa will centre on writing about installation art and network thinking.


FACILITATORS

Each class will be facilitated by a team of two practitioners: an established writer and an artist, each of whose work highlights intersections between creative processes and political and ethical engagement. WiAiA Lagos will occur in tandem with Ewa BamiJo, an innovative festival of contemporary dance and performance founded by the much-heralded Nigerian choreographer and dancer Qudus Onikeku. The workshop will be facilitated by Onikeku and award-winning London-based writer and blogger Sokari Ekine.


PARTICIPANTS

Participants in each of the three workshops will be confirmed, full-time writers. While an interest on their part in art as a subject will naturally be relevant, it is not expected that the participants will be art critics. A key focus, in all three workshops, is to encourage thinking out of the box: reflection that questions and challenges disciplinary boundaries. Participants as well as facilitators will accordingly hail from a range of fields. They will be journalists, essayists, poets, novelists and short story writers, bloggers and/or spoken word artists.

SPARCK has established and is further growing plans with several culture-focused websites in Africa, Europe and North America to publish on a regular basis for a period of two years short pieces by WiAiA writers on contemporary creation in the African world. Participation in WiAiA Lagos will accordingly not be a one-time short-term venture. It will involve serious, sustained writing both during the workshop itself and following the workshop. Participants actively engaged in the process can expect to be published in highly visible online fora read across the African world.

Applications to participate in WiAiA Lagos are sought from published writers as well as writers aspiring to be published. Particular consideration will be given to applicants who have a demonstrated interest in developing original approaches to writing about contemporary culture and creativity as they relate to globally driven social, economic and political phenomena and for whom writing is an integral part of a larger, ethically engaged and forward-thinking vision of life in a global world.
Participants shall be selected from an open call for submissions. The number of participants will be kept small (4-5 participants per workshop) to ensure that the experience is direct and intense and that it requires of all involved a highly personal investment.

All participants will be persons (hailing) from and/or based in West Africa, typically (though not exclusively) in Nigeria. Travel assistance may be provided for participants living outside Lagos.


PROGRAMME

Workshop participants will attend the entirety of the Ewa BamiJo festival (27-31 October 2009). The workshop proper will begin immediately following the festival, on 1 November 2009, and will last 4 days, ending on 4 November 2009. Participation throughout both the festival and the workshop proper will be full-time and will involve daily evening events and writing projects.

The language of the Lagos workshop will be English.

Accommodation, meals during the workshop and transportation to and from all events associated with the workshop will be provided.


HOW TO APPLY

Persons interested in participating in the workshop are invited to apply with the following materials:

• Detailed CV

• Letter stating why WiAiA is of interest to the applicant

• Submission of at least two (but no more than 5) writing samples:

- 1 manuscript of no less than 10 pages single spaced, published or in progress:

= a collection of 10 (or more) poems
= or 1 chapter (or more) of a novel
= or 1 short story
= or 1 essay
= or 1 article
= or 1 play
= or a combination of the above

AND

- 1 text developed for the present workshop submission, of no fewer than 5 pages single spaced: an essay, article, short story, poem or related form that addresses/points to questions relating to contemporary art/creativity.


The deadline for submissions from writers interested in participating in WiAiA Lagos is September 20, 2009. Applications will be screened by the WiAiA Lagos facilitators and the SPARCK team. The names of selected candidates will be announced on 10 October 2009. Nomination will be by majority vote.

Applications should be sent by email no later than midnight on September 20, 2009 to the following email address:

WiAiA.Lagos@gmail.com

Queries are welcome at the above-cited address.

For more information on SPARCK, the Africa Centre and Ewa BamiJo, see:
SPARCK – Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/l/;africacentre.net
http://www.facebook.com/l/;www.ewabamijo.com/

Thursday, 10 September 2009

London African Music Festival




11th-13th September 2009

Since 2003 the London African Music Festival has been at the forefront of new African music and this year is no exception, with the festival featuring true legends – Oliver Mtukudzi, Lord Eric Sugumugu, the leader of the mighty Master Drummers of Africa, who premiers his new acoustic group, and maverick jazz organist Ed Bentley who leads his new high energy group that fuses hi-life with funk and jazz solos. As always it features women leaders with this year’s stars including The Yoruba Women Choir, Uganda’s diva Rachel Magoola, contemporary jazz saxophonist YolanDa Brown and Hilary Mwelwa leads her remarkable group, Hil St Soul.

For more info and full listings check out: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/festivals-series/london-african-music-festival

TRASH-ING new works by Kainebi Osahenye @ CCA, Lagos


Opening: Saturday, 12th September 2009, 3pm
Exhibition continues till 10th October 2009


Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present an exhibition of
new mixed media and painterly installations by acclaimed Lagos based artist
Kainebi Osahenye. With over twenty years of artistic practice, this current
incarnation Trash-ing builds on the continuous process of experimentation
which has pushed the boundaries of his painting.

Trash-ing signals a new departure from his well-known large-scale
neo-expressionist paintings towards the incorporation of more conceptual
concerns through a format that increasingly borrows from an installation
orientated process. Losing none of his gestural signature strokes, nor the
luminosity of his colours or the edginess of his subject matter, Trash-ing
highlights some of the issues that have pervaded his work for over a decade.
In the recent works these existential, political, religious and everyday
themes which habitually manifested with a degree of playfulness are
presented less implicitly in favour of a suggestiveness which attests to the
state of maturity he has attained in his career.

Osahenye moves seamlessly from the metaphysical to the physical, from the
unreal to the real, foregrounding issues for which he is well-known and
expanding on others such as globalisation, consumerism, man’s inhumanity and
the environment forming the entral(nodal) focus of this new body of work. In
so doing the exhibition’s title succeeds in playing on the multiple
connotations of the word to ‘trash’ to signify destruction, abuse, rejection
and waste. It also serves as an explicit reminder on the one hand of man’s
disregard for one other and on the other, towards the environment.

Using appropriation as a tool, Osahenye’s most ambitious work to date is the
ceiling to wall installation titled ‘Casualty’, 2009. Made of thousand of
beer cans, the work is less about the ‘trendy’ fad in recycling than in
acknowledging the limitation of the traditional mode of painting whilst
simultaneously recognising the abilities and the possibilities of pushing
boundaries without losing the essence of the painterly. On sighting the
burnt cans near a garbage dump of a hotel in Auchi, Osahenye states that he
‘was instantly confronted with thoughts of war, cruelty, melancholy, pain,
displacement, anguish and deformity and I started conceiving ways to install
this large scale work to express the force and the power that I felt.’ Whether
the totality of this and other works of the artist marks the beginning of
the ‘new’ face of contemporary Nigerian painting remains to be seen.

Trash-ing is a collaboration between Kainebi Osahenye Studios and CCA,Lagos.
The exhibition has been organised by CCA,Lagos Project Co-Ordinator/Artist, Jude Anogwih.


Open Mon – Fri 10am – 6pm
Sat 12-5pm (Sun by appointment only)
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba
www.ccalagos.org
www.facebook.com/ccalagos


Press:

Osahenye raises the bar with TRASH-ING

In no distant future, Kainebi Osahenye’s art works will become part of the cannons for appraising Nigerian artists’ transformation from regular paintings to digital credible forms of conceptual art and global acceptance. Assistant Editor (Arts) OZOLUA UHAKHEME previews his TRASH-ING, a solo art exhibition opening on September 12, at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos.

For every exhibition, it is one step ahead of many. His bright colourful figurative and giant size canvasses are some of the characteristics of his ever evolving approach to art. And for many of his outings (Crosses of Life, The cross took me for a walk and Erasures), he focused on issues inherent in cruciform, (crosses) and crossroads, which are commentaries on salvation and survival in a country of plenty.

With the current exhibition, TRASH-ING, Osahenye has left no one in doubt of his direction- credible forms of contextual art- at a period most of his colleagues are not hungry for global validation.

Over the past few years, Osahenye, has gradually raised the bar of contemporary art from the regular bright and bold colourful paintings to installation works that interrogate the system using local contents, especially discarded found items. As a deliberate approach, he offers few large size paintings to pass his strong messages.

Expectedly, the artist will be showing only seven installation works, which the host gallery, Bisi Silva’s CCA, Lagos is noted for since it opened to public in December 2007. All the seven works are large scale installations made from empty plastic water bottles, flattened paint tubes, patches of papers and empty soft drink cans to create different pieces.

Osahenye uses Casualty, a collection of empty soft drink cans laced together to form a contain-like objects that overflow from the ceiling downward to the floor. This reminds viewers of the many calamities of war, famine, pollution and pains people go through in life. Below these cans is a heap of other cans spreading on floor. In between the stringed cans are flags of some countries regarded as hotspots where genocide and mass killings of people are everyday occurrence. Beyond war, Casualty is a strong commentary on environmental protection and global warming issues. For aesthetics, the multiple colours that arose from the burning effect will be better appreciated in a well-lit gallery space, which of course, CCA, Lagos can boast of.

But in Reservoir, Osahenye simply reveals the poor state of Nigeria’s infrastructures, especially pipe borne water, which is almost non- available in most cities and rural communities. He strings together cuts of empty water bottles and stocks them on top of one another into eight-foot cubes measuring about 8ft 4ins high. The lower bottles carry bright colours while the top are without colours, indicating the state of reservoirs including the nation’s foreign reserves.

Another striking work that every painter will give a second look is Crossing, a collection of 34 panels of empty flattened paint tubes nailed to the board. The panels because of its rectangular shape reveal the boundary and border issues addressed in the artist’s past shows while at the same time capturing the cruciform. Significantly, Crossing is a reminder to other artists that what they consider as wastes are items of beauty and capable of provoking thoughts that will shape people’s views. According to Prof. Sylvester Ogbechie, Osahenye’s works deal with humanity’s struggle against subjection and project the artist into definable contexts of conflict.

"The more resolutely anti-commercialism an art work is, the more easily it is integrated into a discourse of art in which its commercialist stance becomes precisely the selling point of the artwork, thus making it more marketable, at least for the cadre of globe-trotting artists represented at the major international biennales and contemporary art fairs," Ogbechie said, adding that the artist’s work is as sophisticated as any piece in any biennale in recent time. Other installations for showing include Crowd and Black out.

The Delta state born fine artist, who runs a private studio in Auchi, said the installation works would be exhibited without prices, but are for sale. He explained that his desire to experiment and know influenced his current direction. "I have always wanted to challenge myself and see how much I can do. Sometime, I ask myself what am I looking for? Now, I have started thinking of a single installation work that will stun viewers. In fact, I am just looking for new ways to express myself…Even if many artists are comfortable, some will still not do crazy works like these. What matters is exposure, not the pressure to provide bread on the table. Right now, I find it difficult to mix oil in a regular palette. I still paint but I am exploring many media while the traditional medium will gradually take the back seat," Osahenye said. TRASH-ING will run till October 10 at CCA, Lagos.

Artsadmin Weekenders

Six intensive weekend workshops led by artists renowned for their approaches to making, facilitation and participation.

Artsadmin’s Weekenders are open to all practitioners regardless of level of experience; all that is required is an openness to meet, talk, play, perform and collaborate. Come to one or all – each Weekender operates as a stand-alone while the series as a whole offers an opportunity to work with an outstanding range of artists.

Weekenders will be led by Graeme Miller, Stacy Makishi, Chris Goode, Lone Twin, Anne Bean and Blast Theory.

Curated by the advisory team at Artsadmin, the series reflects a wide range of performance practices. The content of each Weekender will be unique to the lead artist, reflective of their practice and responsive to the group of participants.

Booking :
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Saturday & Sunday, 11am – 5pm
Please be sure you can attend both days

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Graeme Miller : 26 – 27 September
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Anne Bean : 27 – 28 February 2010
Ju Row-Farr : 27 – 28 March 2010

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