Lagos Biennial is Now Open to Applications
The Àkéte Art Foundation is delighted to announce a joint 3rd and 4th edition of the Lagos Biennial, which will hold in November 2021 and November 2023. Curators, artists, designers, architects, and collectives are invited to submit proposals to participate. Themed ‘Refuge’, the 2021 edition of the Biennial will be captured in a three edition publication, which will also catalogue the last two editions of the Biennial. The deadline for application is April 30, 2021, after which submissions will be reviewed by an international Jury of leading professionals including N’Goné Fall, Kathryn Weir, and Kunle Adeyemi, working in contemporary art, design, and architecture.
Due to the current global pandemic and travel constraints, this iteration of the biennial has been split over two editions with the 2021 edition beginning the process and conceptualisation of what will be a series of large-scale exhibitions in 2023. Remote exhibitions and manifestations will be curated in the home countries of participating artists showing processes and concept development for larger productions to be exhibited in 2023 at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos. These exhibitions and manifestations may hold in public or private spaces. Online talk sessions, screenings, and walkthroughs will all be accessible on Lagos Biennial online portals in November 2021.
The Lagos Biennial was founded in 2017 as a not-for-profit contemporary art platform under the Àkéte Art Foundation, which is a Lagos-based artist collective registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria. The Biennial positions the city of Lagos—with its highly international purview—as its hub in supporting and promoting contemporary art through exhibitions, public programmes, publications, research, and residencies. Through these activities, the Biennial privileges adventurous approaches to art making, presentation, and critical discourse -aspiring to broach complex social and political problems, cultivate new publics, and establish fresh modes of engagement within the city, as well as throughout the country and internationally.
For more information on the application and production grants, visit www.lagos-biennial.org
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