Pictures from activities around Picha, African Comics Exhibition
Art the opening of Picha, African Comics short speeches about the project and the exhibition was given by Bisi Silva, director CCA,Lagos and by Joost Pollmann, curator, Caroline Vedhuizen, Project Manager, NCDO and by the 2nd Consul at the Royal Dutch Embassy, Nigeria Mr Sonnemanns.
The artists Kola Fayemi (nigeria) and TT.Fons (Senegal) also had useful information to share about their work. Also it was the first time they were seeing the exhibition and were happy to be doing so in Nigeria.
We had a small and intimate crowd. Still trying to get people used to come to galleries to see comics but there was lots of interaction, food and drink and the exhibition did look very nice. We will work hard to bring more people to visit as the appreciation for comic art is growing. Better pictures of the exhibition presentation in both venues will be post when the professional photographer has taken them.
Before the opening there was a meet with the press and the turnout was impressive with over 10 newspaper arts journalist present to interact with the artists, curator and organiser and also walk around the exhibition.
As part of the Lagos Comic Art Festival on the 7th of November, CCA,Lagos collaborated by holding a portfolio review session with young comic artists and Picha exhibiting artists T.T Fons and Kola Fayemi and with Joost Pollmans and Caroline Vedhuizen. It was in invaluable opportunity to have feedback on their work from professionals. The verdict of the experts - how do we move beyond the manga trend and create a new form of comic art that comes out the African context as opposed to the Japanese one??? An issue for future debate, surely.
Oyinda Fakeye remaining cool under the pressure of her first major project at since arriving at CCA,Lagos at the beginning of October.
The Exhibition installation team from yabatech lead by lecturer and sculptor Adeola Balogun did a wonderful job in putting together both exhibition both at CCA,Lagos and at the Yusuf Grillo Art Gallery at Yabatech.