ISCP at CCA Lagos: Orí méta odún méta ibìkan

ISCP at CCA Lagos: Orí méta odún méta ibìkan

From April 21 – June 9, 2017, Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos (CCA Lagos) at International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) will present Orí méta odún méta ibìkan. The International Studio & Curatorial Program has hosted an annual institution-in-residence since 2011. This annual residency was initiated to support cultural exchange by bringing an international perspective to a local context.

This year, ISCP has been invited to CCA Lagos, an independent non-profitmaking visual art organization founded in December 2007 and based in Lagos, Nigeria, for this residency. In Nigeria, CCA Lagos provides a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. It seeks to create new audiences and to prioritize media such as photography, film and video, performance and installation art which were traditionally under-represented in Nigeria. The institution supports and presents the intellectual and critical work of art and culture practitioners through exhibitions and public programs.

In addition, it encourages and promotes the professionalisation of art production and curatorship in Nigeria and West Africa CCA Lagos at ISCP centers around the exhibition Orí méta odún méta ibìkan. Originally presented at CCA Lagos in 2016, this exhibition is reconstructed at ISCP and features selections from CCA Lagos’s archives as well as works in progress by three Nigerian artists—Kelani Abass, Taiye Idahor and Abraham Oghobase. The exhibition considers the residency as an extension of the artist’s studio, a space of experimentation, of errors and counter errors, as moments of freedom and possibilities. The works by all three artists come out of their observations and experiences during their separate residencies at the Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Austria. This is reflected in the title which translates as Three heads, Three years, One place. Idahor’s collage installation is a self-portrait of her Salzburg studio – rethought for New York City – and made up of several pieces to become a mosaic on which she cuts, layers, and pastes bits and pieces that come from all three artists’ visits and experiences of Salzburg. Stamping and a local Nigerian Ankara cloth form the basis for Abass’s work, while Oghobase experiments with lithography as it relates to photography.

The exhibition is supported by public programs throughout May including artist talks and roundtables. The artists’ residencies from 2013-2015 in Salzburg form part of an ongoing collaboration initiated and supported by Salzburg Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Austria and CCA, Lagos. This program is supported, in part, by Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, Greenwich Collection Ltd., New York City Council District 34, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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