Artist Talk: Titi Omoighe and Jahman Anikulapo
On August 26, 2017, SMO Contemporary Art, Lagos will present an artist talk featuring leading contemporary artist Titi Omoighe and writer, art activist, and Director, IRep Documentary Film Festival, Jahman Onikulapo.
Omoighe will speak about interpreting African forms, philosophies, and identities through traditional folklore and Yoruba literary classics. She will draw the audience into a world where elongated human forms travel across vast landscapes and rich forests, enacting famous stories through a contemporary perspective.
Titilayo Omoighe (born 1966) is one of Nigeria’s leading contemporary artists. She grew up in Lagos and graduated from the Yaba College of Technology with a Higher National Diploma in painting in 1989, and was awarded Best Life Drawing Student Award of the year. She began her career as an artist and designer, at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Lagos and Abeokuta. Omoighe created iconic set designs for news, theatre, adverts, and beauty pageants on television and at the National Theatre in Lagos. In 1992, she won the 1st Prize URTNA Nelson Mandela Trophy Design Award in Nairobi. After twenty years of working in television and completing a Master of Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Benin in 2013, Omoighe returned to her alma mater as a lecturer in painting and drawing. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Nigeria.
Jahman Anikulapo is an art advocate and culture communicator. He has written on the entire spectrum of creativity in Africa – from visual arts, literature, the performing arts, to film and related cultural affairs. As a communicator, he worked for over two and a half decades with The Guardian newspaper, first as Arts and Media Editor (1987-2003); and later as Editor of The Guardian on Sunday (2003-2013). He has presented products of Nigerian creative industries around Africa, parts of Europe, the United States, and Asia. He has also served in numerous local and international artistic committees, curatorial teams and juries. As Programme Chair of the Committee for Relevant Art, CORA, he directs the annual Lagos Book & Art Festival, LABAF, now in its 19th year. He is co-founder/director of the iREP Documentary Film Forum/Festival. Anikulapo is an active contributor to the Traveling Seminars on African Film on the platform of African Screens, which has held sessions in Portugal, Germany, Belgium, and the United States. He studied Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan (1983-1986) specialising in directing, dramatic theories and criticisms. Presently, he is country Chairman and West Africa Representative of Arterial Network, the pan-African network of artists and artists organisations.
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