Friday, 2 July 2010

pret-a-partager exhibition and participating artists talk @ CCA, Lagos.

Indeed, Lagos art scene is really booming, for its constant provocative ideas and activities within the city. Art is fastly becoming a major sub-industry to be reckon with in the Creative Industry of Lagos. Lagosians are surely embracing this new development. Kudos to all the gallerists, curators, and art organisations that are championing this movement.

Do come along. There is a space for you too to fill as an artist, art practitioner and arts manager. This International Art Exhibition is holding tomorrow at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, gallery. 

a transcultural exchange in art, fashion and sports

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos has gained worldwide recognition for its dynamic and innovative programming of solo and group exhibition of artists from Nigeria, Africa and from around the world. As we continue our programme in celebration of fifty years of Independence we present the second exhibition in our focus on Art, Fashion and Identity. 

We are please to be Nigerian venue of an African wide touring exhibition prêt-à-partager organised by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa) and presented to a Lagos audience in partnership with Yaba College of Art and Technology Fine Art Department, Goethe Institute, Lagos and African Art Foundation. 

Following an invitation by the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. (ifa), seventeen artists from Africa and Europe came to Dakar in November 2008 to engage with fashion, identity, history and movement in a ten-day multimedia and interdisciplinary workshop. The artists brought influences from Berlin, Kinshasa, Dakar, London, Stuttgart, Douala, Hamburg and Johannesburg with them to the Senegalese capital and together developed projects in a wide variety of artistic genres. The artworks created during the workshop – such as photographs, films and video, sound and room installations – will be on display for two years in Africa in the prêt-à-partager exhibition. 

After the premiere in Dakar in September 2009, it has been shown in Maputo, Mozambique, before its forthcoming presentation in Lagos. The tour will continue to east and south Africa. prêt-à-partager exhibition is a transnational artistic dialogue on fashion, sport, Africa and its Diaspora. 

These collected works take the varied meanings and possibilities of clothing and fashion as determined by society and individuals and explore them in myriad ways that go beyond their function as consumer goods or economic factors. The Dakar metropolitan area serves as the stage for the protagonists of a world in constant flux, where concepts of identity are fluid. The artists have utilised the tapestries of their own history and familiarisation with new cultural practices to develop striking works, hybrid creations which are socially explosive. 


a transcultural exchange in art, fashion and sports
Artists’ talk: 3rd July2010 at 3 pm at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
Opening : 3rd July 2010 at 5 pm at Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

An exhibition organised by the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa)

Exhibition sites:

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9, McEwen Street, off Herbert Macaulay, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
Opening hours : Monday to Friday, 10 am to 6 pm

Gallery of the Yaba College of Technology 
P.M.B. 2011, Yaba, Lagos
Opening hours : Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm

African Artists’ Foundation
54 Raymond Njoku Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Opening hours : Monday to Friday, 11 am to 5 pm & Saturday, 12 pm to 5 pm

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