Talk – BLANKSPACE: Home as a Parish
©Wamkelekile – You’re welcome, Wezile Mgibe, 2020
BLANKSPACE: Home as a Parish – Talk
Azu Nwagbogu, Aristotle Roufanis, Gerald Machona, Wezile Mgibe, Malebona Maphutse, Mohau Modisakeng and Gcotyelwa Mashiqa (Facilitator)
Open to all publics
July 2nd – 6 pm
This talk will be held in English
The curator Azu Nwagbogu, will be in conversation with participating artists; Aristotle Roufanis, Gerald Machona, Wezile Mgibe, Malebona Maphutse, Mohau Modisakeng and Gcotyelwa Mashiqa (Facilitator)
The artists’ talk will explore the theme of the exhibition, Home as a Parish. The participants will reflect on how living in a time of social distance and experiencing a form of self-exile critically impacts their creative process. The talk will reflect on our ‘new’ ways of being and ideas for possible futures. The discussion will also test previous futures art productions value at this moment in history.
Home as a Parish exhibition explores ideas of familiarity and overfamiliarity mediated through images and sounds that we are constantly in touch within our homes or safe spaces.
Azu Nwagbogu is the Founder and Director of African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non- profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria. Nwagbogu was elected as the Interim Director/ Head Curator of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in South Africa from June 2018 to August 2019. Nwagbogu also serves as Founder and Director of LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography held in Lagos. He is the creator of Art Base Africa, a virtual space to discover and learn about contemporary African Art. Nwagbogu served as a juror for the Dutch Doc, POPCAP Photography Awards, the World press Photo, Prisma Photography Award (2015), Greenpeace Photo Award (2016), New York Times Portfolio Review (2017-18), W. Eugene Smith Award (2018), Photo Espana (2018), Foam Paul Huf Award (2019), Wellcome photography prize (2019) and is a regular juror for organisations such as Lensculture and Magnum.
For the past 20 years, he has curated private collections for various prominent individuals and corporate organisations in Africa. Nwagbogu obtained a Masters in Public Health from The University of Cambridge. He lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.