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Artists’ Platforms, Diaspora and Transnational Exchange in the Digital Age: A Conversation
6:00 PM18:00

Artists’ Platforms, Diaspora and Transnational Exchange in the Digital Age: A Conversation

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How do real world and online artist platforms and networks facilitate transnational exchange?  What are the new productive spaces for creative practices in relation to co-production and how can online platforms and public spaces facilitate these? How are relationships between African and Africa-Diaspora artists and audiences shifting in the globalised art world? 

Join artists Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Junior Boakye-Yiadom and Isaac Kariuki for a lively discussion exploring transnational exchange in the digital age. Chaired by Professor Paul Goodwin, this will be an open conversation with audience members actively invited to share their own opinions and experiences.

Organised in association with The University of the Arts Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation (TrAIN).

Free. Spaces are limited so please reserve your pace.

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Appau Junior Boakye-Yiadom is a British-Ghanaian artist, born and living in London, interested in creating dialogue in a collaborative manor with mediums, materials and creative practitioners. Through a multi-media artistic practice, Boakye-Yiadom creates hybrid instillations where sculpture, photography, sound and the moving image are materialised - both archival and self produced - and kinetically combined to form a language of connectivity and multiplicity. In recent years his use of video and sound has developed to gain greater prominence within his instillations and are key mediums in what could be described as a re-appropriation of the familiar. He has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, in group and solo exhibitions. Boakye-Yiadom is a founding member of Network 11 a peer group of artists’ currently in residence at Cubitt.

Prof. Paul Goodwin is an independent curator, researcher and urban theorist. Paul’s curatorial and research interests span the fields of art and migration, urbanism and critical curation with a focus on African diaspora contemporary art, visual and urban cultures. As a curator at Tate Britain from 2008-2012 he directed Tate Britain’s pioneering Cross Cultural Programme, a multi-discpliniary curatorial platform exploring the impact of globalisation on contemporary art in Britain. He is currently UAL Chair of Black Art and Design Studies and Director of the Centre for Transnational Art, Identity and Nation at University of the Arts London (TrAIN).

Isaac Kariuki is a visual artist based in London and Nairobi currently completing a degree in Digital Arts. His work centres on themes of internet culture and nostalgia as it relates to marginalised identities. He is also the founder of Diaspora Drama, a zine dedicated to creative and offbeat people of colour in cyberspace.

Logo Oluwamuyiwa is a Lagos-based photographer. Exploring documentary and more conceptual modes he draws inspirations from the history of photography, poetry and daily life in Lagos. Oluwamuyiwa’s first major project Monochrome Lagos is a reflection on city-life that strips away the vivid colours the metropolis is known for and presents a fresh perspective through portraiture and landscape photography. Monochrome Lagos is a digital archive that Oluwamuyiwa shares through his Tumblr and has been exhibited in Lagos in 2015




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Logo Oluwamuyiwa in conversation with Shoair Mavlian
7:00 PM19:00

Logo Oluwamuyiwa in conversation with Shoair Mavlian

After taking up photography full time in 2013 Logo Oluwamuyiwa has dedicated his time to the learning his art through documenting his city. With a wealth of knowledge at his figure tips via the Internet and the CCA, Lagos library Oluwamuyiwa has influences and inspirations as diverse as Robert Frank, Garry Windogrand and Akinbode Akinbiyi to Nature's harsh bright sun, casting geometric shadows beyond architectural forms. He has today amassed an expansive archive of images that he disseminates through Instagram and Tumblr forming his first major body of work Monochrome Lagos (2013-). Hear the artist discuss his engaging imagery and reflect on his own journey into photography with curator Shoair Mavlian. 

Shoair Mavlian is a curator at Tate Modern, London, focusing primarily on photography. Shoair researches acquisitions for the international collection whilst curating exhibitions and displays across Tate Modern. She co-curated the major exhibition Conflict, Time, Photography (Tate Modern, London, 2014) and the collaborative exhibition Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions (Tate Modern, London and TEOR/éTica, Costa Rica, 2014). Shoair has also worked on many of the photography displays of the permanent collection across Tate Modern. Her independent writing is regularly published in journals and magazines and recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition In flux (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015). 

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Logo Oluwamuyiwa: It's Also a Solo Journey
to May 22

Logo Oluwamuyiwa: It's Also a Solo Journey

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Exhibition opens Friday 29 April 6.30 - 8.30

In his on going body of work Monochrome Lagos (2013-) photographer Logo Oluwamuyiwa has created an extensive archive of arresting images of urban life in one of the world’s most populated cities. Oluwamuyiwa’s photography strips Lagos of its most recognisable features, as he seeks to uncover what lies beyond the initial dazzle of its intense colour palette and the hum of its unrelenting noise. 

Monochrome Lagos today constitutes an expansive digital archive of black and white images that Oluwamuyiwa disseminates through Tumblr and Instagram to audiences across the globe.

As a physical manifestation of the archive, this exhibition of selected works focuses in on a central theme in the Monochrome Lagos series as it asks us to pause for a moment and consider that life in a mega-city, amongst the bustling crowd - is also a solo journey.

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless; Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is
-T.S. Elliot, Burnt Norton 1935

Conceived as an ongoing study rather that a definitive statement, Oluwamuyiwa takes photo-walks across his city in search of the nuances and narratives of Lagos. The artist’s image making draws on both documentary and conceptual modes to combine narrative with an exploration of form as he maps the visual landscape of the city, its architecture and street life.

Recurrent motifs within Monochrome Lagos include theatrical arrangements of outdoor commerce, the human form in juxtaposition with background surface and the play of light and shadow under the city’s harsh, bright sun; the artist says, “it is the most torturous natural element that the resident will have to battle as he or she goes about life outdoors.” Recurrent too are images that capture moments of human isolation in crowded, shared spaces. It’s Also a Solo Journey foregrounds Oluwamuyiwa’s preoccupation with exposing these individual stories.

Opening hours: Friday-Sunday 12-7pm

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