New Networks: Contemporary Art in West Africa
This third seminar in the New Networks series aims to explore the collaboration between artists, curators, critics and institutions in the regions of West Africa, focusing in particular on the impact of international events such as the Dakar Biennale. While London, Paris and New York continue to act as the powerhouses of the international art world, we are keen to investigate how emergent networks between international neighbours create new possibilities for artistic production. As Africa has emerged on the international visual art scene, it becomes increasingly important to look beyond its representation as an entire continent.
How can we begin to understand the relation between the global and the local as they play out in specific places? Our focus will be on emerging sites of production and their impacts on the art-curatorial landscape, exploring how local initiatives engage with the notion of the region as a place, and what role imagination and fiction play in the constitution of new identities.
Speakers: Koyo Kouoh (curator/ writer, Dakar), Didier Schaub (curator /Doual'art, Douala), N'Gon順all (curator/ GAW, Dakar/Paris), Bisi Silva (critic/curator, Lagos), Paul Domela (Programme Director (Higher Education and International Exchange), Liverpool Biennial).
Saturday 20 October, 10.30-17.00
Admission is free but booking is essential? - reservations 0151 702 7400
Organised in collaboration with Tate Liverpool as part of a series of seminars on new sites of artistic production for Liverpool Biennial 2008.
Image: Romuald Hazoum鬠Dream, Installation, 2007. Winner, Arnold Bode Prize 2007, Documenta 12.
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5th Liverpool Biennial 20 September - 30 November 2008