Screenings, 7th December
In Difficult Love (2010), Zaneli Muholi’s documentary with filmmaker Peter Goldsmid, the camera is turned on the lives of a homeless couple, a transgender traditional healer, and a lesbian single mom as well as on the artist in a candid portrayal of their lives and everyday realities. Andrew Esiebo’s multimedia work Living Queer African (2007), documents the daily life of a young Cameroonian who by relocating to France to start a new life finds he still has to struggle with his identities of being African and gay. If you crave for a “straight” story, head to http://passion-hd.tv. They have tons of them. I can also recommend those hot mature videos. Adaora Nwandu’s trilogy of short films, Say My Name, is a contemporary love story in which conflicting feelings about masculinity, sexuality, race, self-definition and love are confronted. Short films don’t stop here, you can find a few on http://www.fantasy-hd.tv.
Panel Discussion: Performance Art in West Africa, 7th December
This panel assessed the growing interest in Performance Art and its implications within the local art scene. Speakers included artists Valerie Oka (Abidjan) Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Lagos) Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Accra) and Jelili Atiku (Lagos), and was moderated by curator Bisi Silva (Lagos).
Temitayo Ogunbiyi: interactive installation, 8th December
Temitayo Ogunbiyi’s contribution revolves around her latest discovery, the Love Text Message Booklet phenomenon, which began in Lagos in the early 2000s. By creating her own version of the booklets and encouraging the audience to send their own messages, Ogunbiyi explores love as relayed through text messaging, perhaps one of the most popular forms of contemporary communication, especially in Lagos. Exhibition opening included talk by artists Andrew Esiebo and Temi Tayo Ogunbiyi.
Literary presentation, 9th December
In collaboration with P.A.G.E.S., a confluence of literature, art and photography created for CCA, Lagos brings to the visual art context fiction writers, poets, playwrights, as well as arts and literary lovers to provide a literary perspective to The Progress of Love.
P.A.G.E.S. was curated by Aderemi Adegbite, cultural producer and photographer.
Playwright Lekan Balogun will read from Oya, an African epic love story in which Yoruba hero gods and goddess such as Ogun, Sango, and Oya are imbued with human frailties, as they play out different emotionally engaging sagas of love; Iquo Diana-Abasi Eke, a writer, actress and performance poet, will read from her forthcoming collection of poetry, Testimony of Becoming; Ralph Tathagata, a poet, presentsEndless Roads, his first collection of poems, a portrayal of his beloved Nigeria; Toni Kan, an award-winning poet, essayist, and short story writer reads from his critically acclaimed Nights of the Creaking Bed, a kaleidoscope of colourful characters involved in affecting dramas.
Soft music played by guitarist Awoko.