Lagos Biennial II: How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?

Lagos Biennial II: How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?

From October 26 to November 30, The Àkéte Art Foundation will present the second edition of  Lagos Biennialthemed ‘How to Build a Lagoon with a Bottle of Wine’.Curated by Antawan I. Byrd, Tosin Oshinowo and Oyinda Fakeye, this edition encompasses exhibitions, performances, publishing projects, and public programmes.

“The three curators come from diverse backgrounds with a wealth of international experience across the fields of contemporary art, architecture, and design,” states Folakunle Oshun, the biennial’s founding director. “All three curators have strong ties to the Lagosian arts and culture sector. Oshinowo is currently based in Lagos and is a lead architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A). Through her architectural and design practice, she has established herself as an innovative thinker and leading authority on the city’s built environment. Meanwhile Byrd, an assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Fakeye, an experiential art curator, have both worked in Lagos during pivotal points of transition in the city’s contemporary art sector. Both have also been involved in projects at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and have worked consistently with some of the city’s leading artists and institutions. I’m excited that the three curators have decided to focus on the intersections of art, architecture, and urbanism for the 2019 edition. Through this focus, the second edition of the biennial is poised to engage pertinent socioeconomic and political issues stemming from the astonishing shifts in the city’s spatial elaboration over the past two decades. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they develop,” Oshun notes.

How To Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine?

The title is adapted from the poem, “A Song For Lagos” by the Nigerian writer Akeem Lasisi. During the kick-off event, the curators framed the title as a provocation for artists and the public to meditate on the history and present makeup of city’s built environment. For the curators, the title conjures the impossible or herculean, which speaks to the city’s “can-do” spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable social, political, and economic obstacles.

The forthcoming biennial will take the city of Lagos as its epicenter and point of departure for a broader investigation on how contemporary artists, designers, and other creatives, are responding to the challenges and possibilities of environments today.

Lagos Biennial will open up conversations and invite reflection on environments across group and solo exhibitions, installations, and public programmes.

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