ArtWa News: Quartz Announces Africa Innovators 2019 And More


THANKS, XENOPHOBIA. The pilot edition of FNB Art Joburg 2019, the revamped Joburg Art Fair, held last weekend with exhibitions by 17 galleries including Rele gallery. But the highlight of the fair seems to be the installation in the empty booth of Nigerian gallery 16/16. The installation—a graffiti, Thanks, Xenophobia, written on the back wall of 16/16’s booth with a copy of the Star newspaper, which ran the headline ‘Nigerians flee SA’ laid on the floor—was conceived by the Nigeria artist Sheila Chukwulozie in response to the recent wave of xenophobic violence in South Africa. It’s up for sale at $10,000. [Artnet News]

FNB ART JOBURG 2019 WAS A SUCCESS IN TERMS OF SALES. According to Artnet News, “by the end of the fair, SMAC gallery had sold 16 works by 11 artists at prices ranging from R50,000 (around $3,000) to R1 million (around $68,000). Blank Projects parted with a work by Bronwyn Katz for €7,000 ($7,750), four works by Igshaan Adams ranging from €13,000 to €22,000 ($14,400 to $24,400). Everard Read sold 17 works by a variety of artists for prices ranging from R70,000 (around $5,000) to around R1 million (around $68,000).” [Artnet News]

TOURIA EL GLAOUI, SAMBA YONGA AMONG QUARTZ AFRICA INNOVATORS 2019. For its fifth edition, Quartz Africa announces 30 innovators, women and men from across a range of industries and regions, chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to problems. This year’s innovators, includes Touria El Glaoui (Morocco), founding director of 1-54 Art Fair; Joël Andrianomearisoa (Madagascar), artist; EL Seed (Tunisia), calligraffiti artist, and Samba Yonga (Zambia), co-founder of Museum of Women’s History from the art industry. [Quartz Africa]

OPEN CALL FOR ARTHOUSE ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMME 2020. Arthouse Foundation, an initiative aimed at providing a platform for artists to expand their practice and experiment with new forms and ideas, has issued a call for application for its programme offering residency for two artists simultaneously throughout the year in three-month sessions. The call is open to local and international visual artists who wish to engage a new artistic project within the city of Lagos. Application deadline is 30 September 2019. [Arthouse]

COUNTDOWN TO THE FOURTH EDITION OF ART X LAGOS. Along with the announcement of major changes such as relocation of the fair to Federal Palace, Victoria Island and introduction of Art X Modern (a section dedicated to 20th century art), Art X Lagos, over the last few weeks, has also revealed its curatorial theme, Art in Life | Life through Art, the winner of Access Bank ART X Prize—Etinosa Yvonne, a self-taught documentary photographer, its lineup of exhibiting galleries and artists, list of curated projects, and performing acts for ART X Live! Art X holds from 1 to 3 November 2019. [TSA]

PIONEER ARTIST KAMALA ISHAG HONOURED WITH PRINCE CLAUS AWARD. Kamala Ibrahim Ishag, a foundational figure in the modern art movement in Sudan, was named 2019 Principal Prince Claus Laureate. The award’s 2019 laureates include Bill Kouélany (artist, Congo-Brazzaville) and Mariam Kamara (architect, Niger). Noting that all the Prince Claus Laureates this year are women or women-run organizations, the director of the Prince Claus Fund said “The Laureates this year put exceptional women front and centre. The nominations received and the Awards Committee’s final selection of 2019 Laureates just reinforces the fact that women are increasingly at the forefront of innovation, ground-breaking thought and creative initiatives.” A solo exhibition featuring the work of Ishag, ‘Women in Crystal Cubes,’ will open on 31 October at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam. [C&]

MARIANE IBRAHIM ON MOVING TO CHICAGO AND PROMOTING ARTISTS FROM AFRICA AND ITS DIASPORA. On the relocation of her namesake gallery to Chicago, Artnet News follows Ibrahim’s winding career path from moving to Paris to begin a career in marketing and advertising to flirting with the prospect of becoming a photographer—inspired by the Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, to feeling compelled to launch a gallery to correct the lack of representation of the many artists of Africa. [Artnet News]

EX-MUSEUM DIRECTOR WARNS AGAINST UNINTENDED NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES OF RESTITUTION. In his criticism of the Sarr-Savoy report recommending the restitution of looted African art, the former director of the British Museum, who sparked controversy in 2006 by insisting that “repatriation is yesterday’s question,” claimed that loaning the Cyrus Cylinder, a 2,500-year-old clay Persian ‘human rights charter’, to a museum in Iran had led to violence and the imprisonment of the museum director, amid heated debate over whether the Islamic republic should celebrate a pre-Islamic narrative. [The Week]

TODAY MARKS THE 85TH BIRTHDAY OF JIMO AKOLO. The modernist painter and scholar, Professor Akolo was a key member of the Nigerian College of Arts, Science & Technology, Zaria set of Bruce Onobrakpeya, Yusuf Grillo, Uche Okeke, Simon Okeke and Demas Nwokolo (the Zaria rebels), who chose not to be a part of the Zaria Art Society. Earlier this year, 16 July, the National Gallery of Art launched a comprehensive book on his life and works at the Exhibition Pavilion in Abuja. [ArtWa.Africa]

 Patrick Akpojotor, If Walls Could Speak


PATRICK AKPOJOTOR’S DEBUT EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE WHEATBAKER THIS SUNDAY. SMO Contemporary Art presents ‘If Walls Could Speak,’ an exhibition of paintings, sketches, woodworks, and an installation resulting from Akpojotor’s fascination with architecture, and its influence on our individual and collective identities. A multidisciplinary artist mentored by Bruce Onobrakpeya, Patrick Akpojotor won the Olusegun Obasanjo National Art competition in 2013 and the first Art X Lagos Prize for emerging artists in 2016. [Instagram]

KELANI ABASS REVISITS 1900 PHOTOGRAPHS BY COLONIAL ANTHROPOLOGIST. This Saturday, the exhibition, ‘[Re:]Entanglements: Contemporary Art & Colonial Archives’, opens at the National Museum, Lagos. ‘[Re:]Entanglements’ features a series of new works by Kelani Abass, which responds to the Museum’s archival holdings of Northcote Thomas photograph albums. Northcote Thomas (1868-1936) was a British government anthropologist, who conducted a series of surveys in Nigeria and Sierra Leone. The exhibition will include displays of the original albums from Thomas’s 1909-10 tour in Edo-speaking areas of Nigeria next to Kelani Abass’ works. ‘[Re:]Entanglements’ runs till 21 October 2019. [[Re:]Entanglements]

LEMEK TOMPOIKA, ONYIS MARTIN EXHIBIT AT CIRCLE ART GALLERY. From 11 September to 11 October 2019, the Nairobi based gallery presents ‘Lucid Dreams’ an exhibition of works by six artists, who “avoiding explicit narration, … look instead to repetitive gestures and at times, ambiguous imagery to consider different mental, emotional, and physical aspects of their existence.” [Circle Art Gallery]

THOUGHT PYRAMID PRESENTS AN EXHIBITION BY TIMIPRE AMAH. The exhibition titled ‘Facets & Phases’ will open this Saturday, 21 September and run till 28 September at the Thought Pyramid Art Center, Lagos. Timipre Amah is a photographer and a lecturer in Graphic Art at the Department of Fine, Industrial and Theatre Arts, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa. [Instagram]

Ken Nwadiogbu


NIGERIAN HYPERREALIST ARTIST KEN NWADIOGBU EXHIBITS IN LONDON. The Brick Lane Gallery, London will present an exhibition of contemporary hyperrealistic works by Nwadiogbu from 3 to 6 October 2019. The artist, who was nominated for The Future Awards Africa Prize for Creativity in 2018, works mainly with charcoal on paper. [Omenka]

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