Sunday, 4 October 2009

Reviews of recent art events in Lagos

First Impressions: Contemporary Photography in Nigeria
Antawan I. Byrd
234next October 4th 2009
On the occasion of two photography shows, I was eager to see the ways in which Nigerian photographers have employed, and continue to employ, photography within a miscellany of genres ranging from art and fashion to documentary and photojournalism.

Both exhibitions opened on Friday, September 25, 2009. These shows, the first at the Ben Enwonwu Foundation’s Omenka Gallery and the latter at the main gallery of the African Artists Foundation, are quite timely in that they collectively reveal that photographers in Nigeria are tenaciously exploring the medium’s dynamic nature and analytic potential.

Yet, both shows, having seen them in tandem, also manage to elucidate key opportunities for improving the caliber and fiber of Nigeria’s contributions to the global realm of contemporary art, particularly concerning photography. Read On...

A Lacklustre Art Expo
Bisi Silva
234Next. 25th September 2009
The second edition of the Art Expo initiated by the director of the National Gallery of Art, Joe Musa, and the Art Galleries Association of Nigeria, under the chairmanship of Frank Okonta, trailed off with little more than a murmur on August 31, 2009, after a week’s run. Read on...

A seven point Agenda for Art Expo
Bisi Silva
234Next 25th September 2009
Can the Art Expo have its own seven-point agenda that amalgamates government objectives and satisfies business concerns? Allow me to set the ball rolling. Read on...


Blogger Nadja said...

Dear Bisi,

I am sorry for approaching you like this, I can't seem to be able to get your contact details. I am writing to you to ask if you would be interested in
contributing an article and/or an interview to Europa, a London-published journal of
transnational thought engaging with democracy, equality,
and culture beyond the nation state. Very much attempting to foster a
culture of the public intellectual, previous contributors have
included Paul Gilroy, Zygmunt Bauman,
Alfredo Jaar, Etienne Balibar, Samir Amin, etc.

The journal is edited and published by European Alternatives a collective of writers, academics, and artists.
Anonline version of the last printed issue can be found here:

Our main interest lies in the conceptualisation of a positive
transnationalism, or the exploration of the meaning of 'globalisation'
on particular social and political thematics, and particularly those
of democracy, migration, and postcolonialism. Other key themes we
approach are the 'political' role/responsibility of art, questions of
feminism and equal rights, and, last but not least, a (very) critical
exploration of the potential of the European unification project as an
experiment in trans-national politics.

Articles are usually more engaged than 'academic', at around 2400words.

As a great admirer of your work, which often guides us in our own
endeavors, I hope you might find the opportunity to take this
proposal into consideration.

Kind Regards,

Nadja Stamselberg

5 October 2009 at 12:56  

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