Lagos Biennial 2019, Nigeria’s largest international art exhibition of contemporary art holds at Independence Building on the Lagos Island from October 26th to November 30th, 2019.
The Àkéte Art Foundation is pleased to announce the curators for the 2019 edition of the Lagos Biennial: Antawan I. Byrd, Tosin Oshinowo and Oyinda Fakeye. For the forthcoming edition, the three curators will collaboratively devise the biennial’s curatorial framework encompassing exhibitions, performances, publishing projects, and public programmes.
“The three curators come from diverse backgrounds with a wealth of international experience across the fields of contemporary art, architecture, and design,” states Folakunle Oshun, the biennial’s founding director. “All three curators have strong ties to the Lagosian arts and culture sector. Oshinowo is currently based in Lagos and is a lead architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A). Through her architectural and design practice, she has established herself as an innovative thinker and leading authority on the city’s built environment. Meanwhile, Byrd, an assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Fakeye, an experiential art curator, have both worked in Lagos during pivotal points of transition in the city’s contemporary art sector. Both have also been involved in projects at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and have worked consistently with some of the city’s leading artists and institutions. I’m excited that the three curators have decided to focus on the intersections of art, architecture, and urbanism for the 2019 edition. Through this focus, the second edition of the biennial is poised to engage pertinent socio-economic and political issues stemming from the astonishing shifts in the city’s spatial elaboration over the past two decades. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they develop,” Oshun notes.
The curators will continue to develop the programme for the 2019 edition through the end of the year, before sharing additional details in early 2019. However, they have already landed on a title for the forthcoming edition, How to Build a Lagoon with Just a Bottle of Wine? The title is adapted from the poem, “A Song For Lagos” by the Nigerian writer Akeem Lasisi. During the kick-off event, the curators framed the title as a provocation for artists and the public to meditate on the history and present makeup of the city’s built environment. For the curators, the title conjures the impossible or herculean, which speaks to the city’s “can-do” spirit in the face of seemingly insurmountable social, political, and economic obstacles just as it alludes the nascent state of the biennial itself as a platform.
The exhibition opens at 10 am – 4 pm daily and 12 pm – 5 pm on Sundays. All days except press preview are free for students with valid ID card.