The Ololith Group
The exhibition “In the Year of the Quiet Sun” revisits moments from the grand political project of mid century Pan-Africanism, envisioned by revolutionaries such as W.E.B Du Bois, George Padmore, Frantz Fanon and Kwame Nkrumah as the total liberation of the African continent from Europe, through the building of a United States of Africa… (read more)
I believe that art mirrors the society from which it emanates as well as accommodating the life experiences of the individual artist. Most of the galleries and the artists will have a common link but from a diversity of perspectives.An Interview With Bisi Silva, Curator of Art Dubai’s ‘Marker’ Project (via dynamicafrica)
For example Doual’Art organizes a major programme, a triennial called SUD (Salon Urbaines de Douala) with the 3rd iteration coming up this year, which focuses on the urban context and art in public places. One of the artists they have worked with Joseph Francis Sumegne - whose work will be presented at Marker - has a huge permanent sculpture in a strategic location in the city centre of Douala. Nubuke Foundation will present the work of one of Ghana’s established artist Ablade Glover, famous for his vivid painterly cityscapes.
Many of the artists including Amahiguere Dolo and Abdoulaye Konate from Mali, Ade Adekola, Ndidi Dike and Taiye Idahor from Nigeria, as well as Henri Sagna and Soly Cisse from Dakar deal directly with or make allusions to the rapidly changing modernizing cities and the impact not only on the way we live but also on the environment.
West Africa has some of the most incredible artistic and cultural heritage in the world. Nigeria is famed for its Benin Bronzes, its Noks Terracotta, its Ife Bronzes. They remained unparalled anywhere in the world. In Mali and Ivory Coast we have the Baule and Fang Masks as well as Dogon sculptures to name a few. In spite of slavery, colonial and other foreign incursions which have contributed to the destruction of this culture, they, nonetheless, form part of a heritage that we claim today and that influences contemporary art. This is visible in the textile installations by Malian artists Aboubakar Fofana and Abodulaye Konate as well as in the sculptures of Amahiguere Dolo influenced by Dogon cosmology.
Art infrastructure - physical and intellectual - is still in an embryonic stage and each country has different structures. For example in Nigeria we have over 25 faculties of fine and applied arts at tertiary level offering under and postgraduate art degrees, whereas in other countries they may be only one or two institutions offering academic art courses. Whilst Nigeria does have a growing and vibrant commercial gallery system and collector base much needs to be done. However modern and contemporary art from West Africa remains under-represented internationally and the opportunity that Marker affords is an appropriate platform that will contribute to its increasing visibility.
Ojeikere, A Compelling Monograph on a Photographic Legend
Not since 2000 and the release of J.D. ‘Okhai Ojeikere: Photographs has there been an extensive publication dedicated to the work of the late Nigerian photographer (1930-2014). This October at 1-54 art fair in London, a new monograph is set to launch with more than 200 photographs from Ojeikere’s archives along with critical essays that includes the artist’s final in-depth interview.
With the project in its final stage of development, Bisi Silva has launched a kickstarter campaign to complete and print the book. There are some exciting rewards on offer, such as one remaining Ojeikere archival print at £1,500 GBP with copies of the publication for donations of £70 GBP.
The campaign closes on Sept 22nd.
Visit the kickstarter page for more details.
All images courtesy of foto ojeikere and CCA,Lagos.
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Yoruba Gelede Masks. Identical pair of masks dancing in Ijio (1969). From the book: The Gelede Spectacle.