Ojeikhere , Osodi, Ologeh others for Africa: See You See Me Saturday

Posted: April 5, 2012 in arts/culture

A cross continental exhibition featuring the works of 34 internationally-renowned photographers, including Nigeria’s J D Ojeikhere, United States-based Nigerian Andrew Dosumu, George Osodi, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Soibiifa Dokubo and Ologeh Otuke Charles, will open in Lagos this Saturday.

Aptly titled; Africa: See You See Me, African Influences on Contemporary Photography, the exhibition is curated by United States-based art scholar, Professor Awam Amkpa with associate curator Madala Hilaire (both of the New York University).

The display will open formally on Saturday, April 7 at the Nike Art Gallery Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lekki, Lagos; and later run from April 23 to May 2 at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.

Also a symposium in support of the exhibition with the theme Visual Culture/Visual Activism will hold at Friday, April 6 at the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

The symposium is expected to examine Nigeria’s contribution to photography, visual culture and cultural activism, and will be attended by African and international photographers, curators, scholars, critics and journalists, according to the organisers. It will have the octogenarian photographer, J.D Ojeikere, as Special Guest of Honour.

The exhibition is produced by Africa.Cont of Lisbon, Portugal and hosted in Nigeria by Culture Advocates Caucus (CAC) with support of the Nike Art Centre, Goethe Institut, and CCA.

Africa: See You See Me, African Influences on Contemporary Photography, is a touring exhibition that has gone to countries like Portugal, Italy, China and is now coming to Africa for the first time.

A section of the exhibition titled ‘Naija-Italiana’ is also featuring as part of the Lagos Black Heritage Festival from April 5 through to the end of the month.

The exhibition proceeds to Dakar, Senegal from Nigeria to feature as part of Dak’Art- the biennale of African Art.

Participating artists include:Marco Ambrosi, Luis Basto, Ologeh Otuke Charles, Matteo Danesin, Delphine Diallo, Soibifaa Dokubo, Andrew Dosunmu, Anirban Duttagupta, Angèle Etoundi Essamba, Inès Gonçalves,  Maïmouna Guerresi, Hassan Hajjaj, Lyle Ashton Harris, Uche Okpa Iroha, Seydou Keita, Majida Khattari, Kilunaje Liberdade.

Others are:  Stanley Lumax, Mamadou M’Baye, Salem Mekuria, Zanele Muholi, Malik Nejmi, Cedric Nunn, Nii Obodai, J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, Alfredo Muñoz de Oliveira, George Osodi, Zak Ové, Pauliana Pimentel, Malik Sidibe, Aldo Sodoma, Daniele Tamagni, Hank Willis Thomas, Barthélémy Toguo, Michael Tsegaye, and Deb Willis.

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