The Revolving Art Incubator (RAI), an alternative art space in Lagos, has been a beehive of activities this month of March. Kicking off with a series of performances and dance events under danceGATHERING, RAI hosted Crossings – a multidisciplinary collaborative performance by artists of different genres – featuring Horacio Macuacua, Jumoke Sanwo, Tosin Oshinowo, Kaffy and Onye Ozuzu.
May Okafor’s ongoing installation exhibition at RAI, “Of Consumates and Cannibalism”, explores anthropophagy; using the physiological reaction of tadpoles as a metaphor to address the cannibalization of Nigerian industries due to the consumption/ dependency on foreign goods and services. The exhibition which also featured furniture designed by Tosin Oshinowo’s ile-Ila House of Lines closes 18 March.
To wrap up activities for the first quarter of 2017, RAI launches its Book Drive on 22 March at 4 pm. This initiative is an opportunity for artists and art enthusiasts to donate books on all genres of the arts as well as use the platform to lend and exchange art literature with other individuals registered on the platform. To promote a reading culture, notable Nigerian artists and art practitioners will provide a recommended reading list. The platform also aims to support budding as well as established Nigerian writers by organising a book reading session every second Sunday of each month.
outSPOKEN, a fortnightly event at RAI is dedicated to Poets, Spoken Word artists and lyricists, also debuts the month, 23 March (5 pm – 7 pm) with Olamide Aturu (Pietrina), a creative writer and poet based in Lagos. A trained human resource practitioner and psychologist, she believes that every experience is a learning point. She writes poems, flash fiction, and also freelances as a creative writer. Pietrina will feature alongside guest spoken word artist, REZthaPoet.