Monday, 31 August 2009

CCA,Lagos Talk on Sat 5th September with Japanese curators Y. Kawaguchi & T. Mizusawa

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has been running an innovative and dynamic discursive platform through our public programme focusing on contemporary art and ideas through dialogues and talks in order to fulfil our objectives to galvanise the Lagos art scene with critical and artistic cultural programming.

Since opening just over 18months ago we have presented the artistic, theoretical and curatorial practice of over 30 professionals from Nigeria, from Africa, Europe, the Americas and now Asia. We are pleased to present the curatorial practice of two renowned art professionals from Japan.

Mr Kawaguchi and Mr Mizusawa will both be presenting short insights into their work and look forward to engaging and meeting with Nigerian Artists and art professionals. CCA,Lagos looks forward to welcoming ALL of you for what will be an interesting cultural exchange.

TIME 3.30pm
DATE SAT 5th September 2009
VENUE 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

‘Art & Anthropology: El Anastui's Africa, Seeking for an alternative way

of representing art & cultures’ by Yukiya Kawaguchi, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka

Yukiya Kawaguchi is Associate Professor at the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka. He has a B.A in History of Art, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo and an M.A. History of Art, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo.

Kawaguchi specialises in contemporary Art from Africa, having organized some exhibitions including "An Inside Story: African Art of Our Time"(1995). He was inivited to the Dakar Biennale 1996 as one of the international commissioners, organizing the exhibition"Pascale Marthine Tayou: Ni Primitif, Ni Sauvage" at the Goethe Institut in Dakar. Prior to joining the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka in 2003 Kawaguchi worked for 18 years at one of Japan's leading art institutions, Setagaya Art Museum in Tokyo.


Time Crevasse: The 3rd Yokohama Triennale, Can Art Help Us Communicate with

Others ? by Tsutomu Mizusawa, Deputy Director & Chief Curator, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama

Mizusawa obtained his MA from Keio University, Japan and joined the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura as curator in 1978. He specializes in German modern/contemporary art and Japanese modern/contemporary art and its encounter with foreign culture.

He is the author of Kono Owari no Toki ni mo (Even at the End) (Shicho-sha, 1989) and Tenzai-suru Chushin (Interspersed Center) (Co-author/editor, Shunjusha, 1995), among others. Curated many exhibitions, including "MOBO, MOGA / Modern Boy, Modern Girl: Japanese Modern Art 1910-1935" (1998/co-curation with John Clark, Jackie Menzies etc.), "Isamu Wakabayashi" (1997), "Antony Gormley - Still Moving" (1996), "Asian Modernism" (1995 co-curation with Akira Tatehata, and Junichi Shioda), and "Katsura Funakoshi" (1993).

Mizusawa was appointed as the Japanese commissioner of the "Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh" in 1993 and 1997, of the São Paulo Biennale in 2004, and general director of 3rd Yokohama Triennale “Time Crevasse” in 2008.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Summer Breeze 20th July - 29th Aug 2009

Summer Breeze
CCA,Lagos Summer Exhibition 20th july - 29th August 2009


Summer Breeze 2009, Group Exhibition, Installation View at CCA,Lagos
Over the past 18months the Centre for Contemporary Art,Lagos has presented some of the most innovative and provocative exhibitions to date. The subject matters and themes have included freedom, human rights, slavery and governance through its inaugural project ‘Democrazy’ which took cultural icon, political activist and musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti as point of departure to present three solo exhibitions by Ghariokwu Lemi, Ndidi Dike and George Osodi. We also presented our first international and local collaboration – with Dutch organisation NCDO and YabaTech’s Yusuf Grillo Gallery with ‘Picha:African comics’ presenting the works of over 19 artists from 15 African countries. 2008 started with an inter-continental and daring exhibition of two emerging female artists, Nigerian Lucy Azubuike, and South African photographer Zanele Muholi. The well received exhibition challenged preconceived notions of womanhood, sexuality and the body within an African context, boldly articulating ideas of the female identity. This was followed by a conceptual exploration of ideas of cartography through the work of 10 international artists including Nigerian artist Krydz Ikwuemesi. The World is Flat was a
project by Danish curator Johanne Loegstrup presented to a Lagos audience in collaboration with CCA,Lagos.

Summer Breeze 2009, Group Exhibition, Installation View at CCA,Lagos
‘Summer Breeze’ now ongoing brings together a selection of works from our past programmes. In addition we add a new element through the introduction of the work of a recent graduate and an emerging artist Richardson Ovbiebo. Ovbiebo graduated in 2007 from Yaba College of Technology majoring in Sculpture. From 2008 until 2009 he completed his National Youth Service (NYSC) in the north of Nigeria among the Marghi people. During his 10 month visit he observed his new environment and surveyed the landscape and continued with his research. One thing he noticed was the multitude of bicycles – the primary means of transportation in this rural village – that after extensive use had been abandoned forming the main source of waste. Inspired by his readings of the conceptual experimentations of Duchamp and the works of artist Olu Amoda he began to appropriate and decontextualise these abandoned objects to create new forms and meanings. CCA,Lagos is pleased to present two of his sculptural adaptations using discarded bicycles and tomato tins, Keke and Torch Bearer as an introductory presentation within the overall programming.

Artists in the exhibition include Ghariokwu Lemi, Ndidi Dike, George Osodi, Lucy Azubuike, Krydz Ikwuemesi, Lasse Lau and Richardson Ovbiebo.

Organised by Bisi Silva and Jude An
gowih with technical installation support by Richardson Ovbiebo.

Summer Breeze 2009, Group Exhibition, Installation View at CCA,Lagos

gallery is open Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm
Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
Tel 234 (0)702 836 7106