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.


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