Dec. 7-9, 2012: Progress of Love Exhibition & 5th Year Anniversary of CCA, Lagos
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, A Tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, 2012, Performance. Photo courtesy of CCA, Lagos
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, A Tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, 2012, Performance. Photo courtesy of CCA, Lagos

Please join us as we celebrate CCA,Lagos’ 5th Anniversary and the next iteration of The Progress of Love.

From Friday 7th till Sunday 9th December we have a line up of programs taking place as part of the The Progress of Love.

Venue: Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos 9 McEwen Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
Dates : Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2012

7th December 4pm
Panel Discussion: Performance Art in West Africa
This panel assesses the growing interest in this medium and its implications within the local art scene. Speakers include Artists Valerie Oka (Abidjan), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Lagos), Bernard Akoi- Jackson (Accra) and Jelili Atiku (Lagos) moderated curator Bisi Silva (Lagos)

7th December 10am – 6pm
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. 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.

8th December 3pm
Temitayo Ogunbiyi – Interactive Installation
Temitayo Ogunbiyi’s contribution revolves around her latest discovery, the Love Text Message Booklet phenomenon that began in Lagos in the early 2000s. Creating her own version of the booklets, and by 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 includes talk by artists Andrew Esiebo and TemiTayo Ogunbiyi

Sunday 9th December 2pm
Literary Presentation
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 is curated by Aderemi Adegbite, cultural producer and photographer.

Presenters include:
Lekan Balogun a playwright 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 presents Endless 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.

Guitar Music is provided by Awoko.