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Re-imaging Futures: A Trans-Nigerian Conversation
Public Program - Lagos
Re-Imaging Futures: Future Images

Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Museum Of Contemporary Art, Lagos 2/5 Idowo Ajao Street, Ajao Estate, Anthony Village, Lagos, Nigeria.

Re-Imaging Futures: Future Images features a curated guest panel discussing contemporary issues through the window of art in Nigeria today. These guests are a younger set of artists working in Nigeria with considerable international and local following. Their conversations will be around what Nigerianness means especially as people working in the art world today.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP Here.

Zaynab Odunsi, School Boys, 2016, Warri, Nigeria
The audience will have the opportunity to listen to artists who work using diverse mediums, including art curators and directors who are continuously seeking out and assembling the best of contemporary Nigerian art and showcasing these locally and internationally, but also educators and those pioneering institutions that nurture young artists.

The issues they explore in their work are everyday realities; the ever-present negotiation about post-independent Nigeria, about identities, about what these will mean few years down the line, and how art/artists are shaping these narratives.

Adenrele Sonariwo
Rahima Gambo
Folakunle Oshun
Professor Jerry Buhari
Mike Asukwo
Uche Okpa Iroha

Uche Okpa-Iroha was born in 1972 in Enugu, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree (1997) in Food Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. Uche is a founding member of the Nigeria photography group known as the Blackbox photography collective and a founding member of the Invisible Borders Trans-African photography travel group in 2009. He also received the Jean Paul Blachere prize in 2009. He lives and works in Lagos as a photographer, founder/Director of the photography platforms – The Nlele Institute (TNI) and the Lagos OPEN RANGE. He is also the co-founder of the photography and video art night of projections – FOTOPARTY Lagos.

Adenrele Sonariwo is an award-winning curator, founder of Rele Art Gallery and Rele Art Foundation. She holds a Masters of Fine Art - Academy of Art University San Francisco, CA, a Curating Contemporary Art Certificate – University of the Arts, London and a B.A. Business Administration/Accounting (Honors) Howard University, Washington, DC. She has curated and overseen several commercially and critically successful high profile art exhibitions; exhibitions that challenge the boundaries of art, engaging innovative subjects and techniques. She has led the movement to break art out of ivory tower, with Rele gallery exploring and partnering with fields of technology, community social causes & health. She was the first person to curate an art exhibition at Nigeria’s seat of power, The Presidency (Abuja) and has been featured in global publications such as the Financial Times, The Art Review, Forbes Africa, and Vogue. In 2016, she won the Future Awards Africa Prize for Arts and Culture. In 2017, she curated the first ever Nigerian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 2018, she was selected as a member of the jury for the 13th edition of the Dakar Biennale.

Professor Jerry Buhari, B. A. F. Art (1981), Graduate Certificate in Education. (1981), M.F.A. Painting (1985). Professor Buhari is a Professor of Fine Art, Dept. of Fine Arts, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. He was born on the 11th July 1959 and is from Akwaya, Kachia L.G.A., Kaduna State, Nigeria. His work has been in international exhibitions in locations including Cuba, England, Germany, China and New York. His art works are in the collection of several individuals, government and private institutions all around the world.

apexart’s program supporters past and present include the National Endowment for the Arts, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Kettering Family Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, The Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Spencer Brownstone, the Kenneth A. Cowin Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., William Talbott Hillman Foundation/Affirmation Arts Fund, the Fifth Floor Foundation, the Consulate General of Israel in New York, The Puffin Foundation, the Trust for Mutual Understanding, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and administered by LMCC, funds from NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.
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