Introducing Annotations Programme Curators Naima Hassan and Maryam Kazeem

Introducing Annotations Programme Curators Naima Hassan and Maryam Kazeem

Annotations is a six-month project that explores major African cultural festivals and their dual nature as historic events and repositories of postcolonial pan-African encounters. Led by co-curators Naima Hassan (Interim Picton Archivist) and Maryam Kazeem (iranti press), Annotations will explore the entangled histories of FESMAN, Panaf, Zaire 74, and FESTAC’77 through a pedagogical programme, residency and publication. To coincide with the launch of Annotation, we spoke to curators Naima and Maryam to uncover their collaborative journey and delve into how their shared interests and individual initiatives converged to shape the curatorial vision for the project.

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Event: METAmorphosis

Event: METAmorphosis

A panel discussion hosted by Katesi Kalange

METAmorphosis marks the culmination of Katesi Kalange's 10-week residency, reflecting on her research and experiences. True to its name, METAmorphosis reveals the evolution of her research, highlighting the process of creation, nurturing, and transformation of what is regarded as waste into new forms, functionalities and aesthetic expressions. 

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Re:assemblages

Re:assemblages

G.A.S. Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of Re:assemblages, a roaming body and multi-year cultural development programme designed to platform new, critical questions focused on the preservation and creative potential of African art libraries. This collaborative project was developed in response to the wealth of material housed in the G.A.S. Library and Picton Archive and its rare constellation of African published journals, magazines, and manuscripts. 

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Alumni Spotlight: Tobi Onabolu, 2022 G.A.S. Fellowship Award Recipient

Alumni Spotlight: Tobi Onabolu, 2022 G.A.S. Fellowship Award Recipient

While often immersed in his work in Grand Popo, Tobi Onabolu, a recipient of the 2022 G.A.S. Fellowship award, continues to share his journey and creative endeavours following his residency. Onabolu's film, Danse Macabre, shot in Benin before his G.A.S. residency, has made its rounds in various exhibitions. After private showings at Borna Soglo Gallery in Cotonou and Untitled in Lagos, it is now featured as a video installation at Galerie Ourrouss in Dakar as part of the OFF Biennale program. This film installation is accompanied by a reimagined shrine showcasing photography from the project, complemented by a sound bath that he began developing during his residency. Additionally, Onabolu performed the second iteration of Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me? with his masquerade at the vernissage. The performance was developed during his 2023 residency at G.A.S. Foundation's Ijebu center, and debuted at G.A.S. Foundation in Lagos alongside an exhibition of his photography. 

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Lagos-Based Annotations Research Associate Programme Unpacks Pan African Festivals Through the G.A.S. Library and Picton Archive

Lagos-Based Annotations Research Associate Programme Unpacks Pan African Festivals Through the G.A.S. Library and Picton Archive

The Annotations research associateship is a 7-week long programme designed to explore African art festivals, such as FESMAN, Panafest, Zaire 74, and FESTAC’77. The Annotations Research Associates Programme falls under the wider scope of G.A.S. Library and Picton Archive’s Re:assemblages project. The participants selected following an open call include budding multidisciplinary curators, Adeyosola Adeniran and Ufuoma Ogbemudje, and independent archivist, Osayame Emokpae-Ozoro. Running parallel to the archival practice internships supported by Spelman College, this opportunity for Lagos-based practitioners foregrounds our foundation's dedication to building capacity within our local industry in Lagos.

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Spelman College and AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Internships

Spelman College and AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Internships

G.A.S. Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Spelman College, and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Collective) to facilitate internships for three of its student members. Future curators, art historians, museum professionals and artists are nurtured in this collective. Housed within the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, this program aims to shape the future of the art world and position the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African American professionals in these fields by cultivating students who will seek knowledge, discover purpose and make change.

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A Narrative: Raqs Media Collective's Time Spent in Nigeria

A Narrative: Raqs Media Collective's Time Spent in Nigeria

A World Weather Network Report written by Raqs Media Collective

Across the autumn of 2022 and summer of 2023, Raqs Media Collective spent time across various sites in southwestern Nigeria conducting research and recording material for a new artwork titled Na-Bam : Measure without Measure. This meta-narrative contextualises the work and its impulses.

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Spelman College and AUC Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective Internships

G.A.S. Foundation is pleased to be partnering with Spelman College, and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Collective) to facilitate internships for three of its student members. Future curators, art historians, museum professionals and artists are nurtured in this collective. Housed within the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, this program aims to shape the future of the art world and position the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African American professionals in these fields by cultivating students who will seek knowledge, discover purpose and make change.

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G.A.S. Foundation Launches Archival Research Internships in Partnership with AUC Collective and Spelman College

G.A.S. Foundation Launches Archival Research Internships in Partnership with AUC Collective and Spelman College

G.A.S. Foundation is pleased to partner with Spelman College, and the Atlanta University Center Art History + Curatorial Studies Collective (AUC Collective) to facilitate internships for three of its student members under our Annotations programme. Housed within the Department of Art & Visual Culture at Spelman College, this program nurtures future curators, art historians, museum professionals and artists with the aim of shaping the future of the art world and positioning the Atlanta University Center as the leading incubator of African American professionals in these fields.

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