YINKA SHONIBARE TO LAUNCH ARTIST RESIDENCY IN NIGERIA TO BOOST AFRICAN ARTS OPPORTUNITIES
End of Empire, 2016 © Yinka Shonibare / Stephen Friedman Gallery, London / Photo: Stephen White
In addition to the residency centre in Lagos designed by Elsie Owusu Architects, which will feature a gallery, a studio and accommodation spaces — all barrier-free and wheelchair accessible — artists both emerging and established will be invited to the Nigerian state of Ogun. This second residency location is a farm in Ijebu, on which local villagers work the hundreds of cashew trees and other plants that grow there.
“I want the project to contribute to society, with ideas around sustainability,” commented Shonibare, who often addresses cultural identity, colonialism, and globalisation through his art. “I want to build an infrastructure for international artists to go to Nigeria and learn from local artists, and for artists on the ground to learn from international artists. The art world is growing in Nigeria, and there are a number of artists from the diaspora doing well internationally.”
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