Art X Talks, curated by Bisi Silva, Artistic Director for Art X Lagos, boasts of engaging talk programs with over 30 local and international speakers to take place on the 5th & 6th of November, 2016.

Composed of panel discussions, presentations and conversations, the list of guest speakers includes guest artists, collectors, curators, gallerists, writers and entrepreneurs who all engage the possibilities of art as a vehicle through which our contemporary experience can be articulated and understood.

Speakers include internationally acclaimed artists like Bruce Onobrakpeya and El Anatsui, who will bring cumulatively over a hundred and twenty years of artistic practice into focus.

Also, Nigerian collector and founder OYASAF Foundation, Omooba Yemisi Shyllon, Chief Curator and Director of the Zeitz  Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, Cape Town, Mark Coetzee, Economist and Journalist Tayo Fagbunle as well as art patrons and collectors like Ngozi Edozien, Femi Lijadu, Ifeoma Fafunwa amongst others.

Program Schedule :

Saturday 5th November 2016

  • The Art of Collecting        11:00 am – 12.00 pm

This panel is an opportunity to learn how individuals can start to collect, how institutions build their collections and an insight into the way art is bought.

Panel:  Omooba Yemisi Shyllon (Collector and founder OYASAF Foundation, Lagos), Zoe Whitley (Research Curator, supported by GT Bank and Tate Modern, London), Joost Bosland (Director, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town), Mark Coetzee (Director and Chief Curator Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town)

Moderator: Femi Lijadu (Lawyer, Collector and Art Patron)

  • African Art and its Markets: Hype or Reality?     12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As the hype continues around African art with auctions springing up across the continent in Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria as well as big players such as Bonhams and Sotheby’s joining the frame the panel asks the questions “Where are the markets? Who is buying contemporary African Art and what are the real figures?”

Panel: Tayo Fagbunle (Economist and Journalist), Kavita Chellaram (Arthouse – The Space Lagos), Marwan Zahkem (Collector and Founder, Gallery 1957, Accra)

Moderator: Oliver Enwonwu (Director, Omenka Gallery and President, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA).

  • Positioning Art Within the Creative Economy             2.00pm – 3.00pm

What is the state of the African creative sector? What strategies are needed to increase its share of the global market? What role can the government play to support the sector’s development? How can we respond to the UN Creative Economy report?

Panel: Ade Adekola (Architect and Artist), Ade Bantu (Musician and Founder, Afropolitan Vibes), Maki Oh (Fashion Designer)

Moderator: Malaika Toyo, (Head Strategy and Projects, Whitespace Creative Agency)

  • The African Collector presented by Art Forum Africa      3.00pm – 4.00pm

Some of the issues that will be discussed by this panel include: How influential are African collectors in the local and global art market? Are women interested in art and art collecting? How can we nurture a new generation of collectors locally, and increase art appreciation? What are the current market value of African art and the influence of African collectors in the art market?

Panel: Ifeoma Fafunwa (Art collector, Creative Professional, Gender Equality Advocate), Ngozi Edozien (Art Collector, Finance/Investment Professional), Moses Ohiomokhare (Curator and Art Manager, Quintessence)

Moderators: Bukola Oye (Art Writer/Critic, Founding Editor, TSA Magazine) & Wana Udobang (Journalist, Poet, Filmmaker, and Curator)

  • Women Artists and (in)Visibility              4.00pm – 5.00pm

In 1971, American art historian, Linda Nochlin wrote her famous essay, ‘Why are there no great woman artists?’ With the rise and the visibility of women artists in the 21st century, we explore the strategies – if any- being put in place by contemporary practitioners to avoid the fate of their predecessors as can be seen with the likes of the pioneering Nigerian modern women artists such as Clara Etso-Ugbodaga, Afi Ekong and Theresa Luck Akinwale who seem to almost be written out of history.

Panel: Fati Abubakar (Photographer), Sokari Douglas Camp (Sculptor), Celine Seror (Co-Founder and Editor IAM Magazine)

Moderator: N’Gone Fall (Curator and Cultural Consultant)

  • Artist Talking                            5.00pm – 6pm

Bruce Onobrakpeya in conversation with Sandra Obiago, Director, SMO Contemporary Art.

Master printer and artist, Bruce Onobrakpeya, a founding member of the ‘Zaria Rebels’ in 1958 is one of the most important artists of his generation with a long and distinguished national and international career. He shares his life and works with us.

Sunday 6th November 2016

  • In Conversation                          2.00pm – 3.00pm

Mark Coetzee will discuss his trajectory as a curator and focus on his role as founding Director of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa which is slated to open in Cape Town in 2017. Whilst the initiative has generated much local and international excitement, it has also been on the receiving end of criticism regarding issues of accountability and the vision and taste of one individual. Mark Coetzee, Director and Chief Curator Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town in conversation with ART X Artistic Director and Curator Bisi Silva

Mark Coetzee, Director and Chief Curator Zeitz MoCAA, Cape Town in conversation with ART X Artistic Director and Curator Bisi Silva

  • Collecting Beyond the Familiar – Widening the Parameters of the African Art Collection           3.00pm – 4.00pm

As the dominance of painting and sculpture remain unchallenged not only in Nigeria but globally, it means that artists working outside these principal two media struggle to find patronage. In most cases, whilst performance artists such as Jelili Atiku, sound artist Emeka Ogboh and several Nigerian photographers and video artists are gaining recognition and critical acclaim internationally they struggle to find acceptance locally. Such artistic practices rarely find their way into many local collections or institutions. How can collectors begin to widen their collection base making it reflective of the diversity of work being made by artists today?

Panel: Oyinda Fakeye, Video Art Network, Lagos Uche Okpa Iroha, Photographer and Director/Founder of Nlele Institute Hakeem Adedeji, collector, and patron.

Moderator – Joseph Gergel, Curator, and Consultant

  • Cultural Entrepreneurship and the Rise of Women Leaders    4.00pm – 5.00pm

A cursory survey of the cultural sectors shows that women dominate the sector. They have set up, grown and managed successful organizations across the arts whether in film, TV, cultural centers, fashion and concept boutiques that fuse the boundaries of art, fashion, lifestyle. and design. Why are women thriving in this industry more than in others? what are the skills needed to enter and survive in this field? How do they identify the potential that can be tapped? And what more can women cultural entrepreneurs do?

Panel: Mo Abudu, Founder, Ebony Life TV Reni Folawiyo, Founder, ALARA Bolanle Austen-Peters, Founder and Director, Terra Kulture

Moderator – Tokini Peterside, Founder, ART X Lagos

  • Artist Talking                     5.00pm – 6.00pm

Ghanaian artist El Anatsui, a Professor Emeritus at University of Nigeria, Nsukka is one of the most widely acclaimed contemporary artists based in Africa. Honoured with the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, he is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, American Academy of Arts, holding honorary degrees at Harvard University and University

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