OPEN STUDIOS BY ARTHOUSE CONTEMPORARY
The Arthouse Foundation hosted an Artist Talk and Open Studios with current artists-in-residence Tyna Adebowale and Jelili Atiku on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at their newly renovated building on Norman Williams Street in Ikoyi. The artists presented their past work and projects to the audience, followed by the Open Studios where guests mingled in their studio spaces and learned about their current artistic projects. Jelili Atiku enacted a performance for his residency project, which consists of the creation of a fictional Nigerian political party (“The People’s Welfare Party”), and the artist’s candidacy for president. Tyna Adebowale presented an interactive installation that questioned the notion of borders, where visitors create wooden planks with ink stamps and place them inside the limitations of a prescribed space. The students that participated in Jelili Atiku’s performance workshop, hosted by the Arthouse Foundation at the Goethe Institute the week prior, also performed their projects during the Open House.
The Arthouse Foundation is a non-profit artist residency programme based in Lagos, Nigeria. Arthouse Foundation encourages the experimentation of new forms and ideas, hosting artists in three-month residencies throughout the year. Alongside their live/work studio space, Arthouse Foundation offers logistical support for the creation of a new artistic project that engages the city of Lagos, as well as a public programme that includes workshops, artist talks, open studios and a final exhibition. In the past year, Arthouse Foundation has hosted artists Victor Ekpuk, Dipo Doherty, Olumide Onadipe, Tyna Adebowale, and Jelili Atiku. In 2017, Arthouse Foundation welcomes artists Nengi Omuku, Francois Beaurain, Victoria Udondian, Thierry Oussou, Jimmy Nwanne, and an exchange programme with the Matadero Madrid, Spain.
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