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Nigerian Hybrid Culture through the eyes of 10 emerging artists

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Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016
Williams Chechet, Sani One Blow, 2016

There is historical evidence that the Portuguese were present on the west coast of Africa in the 15th Century. Present day Nigeria fell under British Rule in the 19th century with the official protectorate signed only in 1901.

What happens to people’s identity and culture after at least six centuries of international trade,

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Monthly round up: A look back at October

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Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name
Charles White, Nobody Knows My Name, Swann Galleries Catalogue

As expected, Frieze London prompted a host of activities and exhibition previews that made for a very hectic month. Elsewhere, from New York to Washington to Lagos, the global African Art calendar has been filled with events and significant achievements. Here is a recap of October to help you keep track of all the major news you may have missed.

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This weekend, Lagos became the beating heart of Contemporary African Art

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Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos
Artist Alimi Adewale in front of his paintings, Courtesy Arthouse Contemporary, ART X Lagos 2018

Lagos is Nigeria’s largest city and the country’s economic centre. With its 21 million inhabitants, Lagos is also one of the fastest growing cities in the world and has become the capital of African Fashion with its popular Lagos Fashion week.

Now, the dynamic city is undergoing yet another transformation, turning into the beating heart of Contemporary African Art on the continent.

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On memory, representation & archive, in conversation with Ishola Akpo

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Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series, 2018
Ishola Akpo, Daibi Series. Image Courtesy of the Artist

In 2007 Ishola Akpo received an unexpected email from Fondation AfricAméricA. He was invited, as an artist, to attend the “Transcultural Forum of Contemporary Art” in Haiti in 2008.

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