Sunday, November 24, 2013

"CROSSING ARCHIVES" Symposium, Lagos, December 1, 2013

One-Day Conference and Panel Discussion
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Lagos, City Hall
Date/Time: December 1, 2013 / 10:00AM-6:00PM

J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere
Sister Bushwell at the Trade Fair, Lagos, 1961
Inkjet Print
© J.D. ’Okhai Ojeikere. Image, courtesy of Folkwang Museum, Essen

Photographic archives in African countries lying south of the Sahara have for some years been a focus of attention not only in international academic discussions but also for the global art market. At the same time, cultural collective visual memory in the period between the colonial era and the “postcolonial age” is increasingly being dealt with in artistic and curatorial practice. As the archives find their way into these different realms, the existing systems for organising and categorising them are not only being examined but in many cases energised too. This has given rise to new archives that conform to their own political and aesthetic parameters.
In light of these processes and perspectives, Crossing Archives will hold three panel discussions to address the photographic archives of various geopolitical areas in African countries south of the Sahara. Aside from discussions tackling the larger picture, there will be a specific thematic focus on the situation in Nigeria. This will be addressed in its own panel and complemented by presentations drawn from archival and conservatorial practice in state institutions and private initiatives.

The conference is organised by the Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Lagos, and supported by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos
This event is free.
Contact for further information and admission:
Goethe-Institut Nigeria
City Hall, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Tel. +234 1 7746888
Receptions by
Michael Derus, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos
Marc-André Schmachtel, director, Goethe-Institut, Lagos
Hans-Jürgen Lechtreck, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Introductory remarks: Kerstin Meincke, curator of VoyageRetour, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Keynote: Okwui Enwezor, director, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany
Mathieu Zana Aziza Etambala, historian, University of Leuven, Belgium
Chika Okeke-Agulu, art historian and curator, Princeton University, USA
Bisi Silva, curator, Lagos, Nigeria
Santu Mofokeng, visual artist and collector, South Africa
Storm Janse Van Rensburg, curator and researcher, Johannesburg, South Africa/ Berlin, Germany
Etim Eyo, Nigeria Nostalgia Project, Lagos
Frank Ugiomoh, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Kerstin Meincke, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Kerstin Meincke, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Panel discussion: Photography, archives and international Relations 
Michael Derus, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos
Hans Hielscher, picture editor, Deutsche Welle, Nigeria/ Der Spiegel, Hamburg, Germany
Marc-André Schmachtel, director, Goethe-Institut, Lagos
Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos and the Goethe-Institut, Lagos
Follow-up event: Drinks and snacks in the Voyage Retour exhibition space

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