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Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, Lagos 

REFUGE
Lagos Biennial 2021>2023

In the turmoil of a global health crisis with unevenly distributed impacts – coming as the catastrophic culmination of a global system that systematically skews access to human rights, health care, and freedom of movement – it becomes all the more urgent to critically assess our accepted modes of governance and to speculate on what may constitute refuge.

The joint Third and Fourth editions of the Lagos Biennial will open a space for the critical analysis of the nation-state as locus of political action and vector of belonging, allegiance, and identity, linking this to the imperative to create an operative notion of refuge that may offer alternate paths towards constructing renewable communities and work towards climate justice in this historical moment of systemic crisis.

The Biennial offers an opportunity to reassess the promises, disappointments, and ongoing ramifications of the dominant nation-state model, with its panoply of modes of governance under the aegis of global capital. The critical issues of this 21st century – even though global in reach – are played out in local, national, and regional spaces. Their profound implications and effects on our lives are enabled and activated in the present by choices made at the level of the individual or community.

The joint Third and Fourth editions of the Lagos Biennial opens a space for the critical analysis of the nation-state as locus of political action and vector of belonging, allegiance, and identity, linking this to the imperative to create an operative notion of refuge that may offer alternate paths towards constructing renewable communities and work towards climate justice in this historical moment of systemic crisis.

The 2023 edition of the Lagos Biennial will take in the heart of Lagos on the historic grounds of Tafawa Balewa Square, a site named in honor of the first Nigerian Prime Minister. The biennial will reappropriate representation within a eurocentric history of so-called universal exhibitions and biennials, creating a premise for discussing political alliances, allegiances, territory, sovereignty, regionality, and the very notion of belonging. Lagos Biennial 2023 will encompass speculations and propositions in non-conventional formalizing models of biennial making, moving from the idea of the work as an end in itself to generative models and prototypes that will continue to activate possibilities in the world.

By situating Lagos, as a global geopolitical nerve-point and an international hub for artistic expression, the biennial opens a speculative space for the fabrication of alternate realities.

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 04.12.2021 

MARE A MARE

Artists: Meriem Chabani (France/Algeria), Zoe Paul (UK), Mohssin Harraki (Morocco) Leone Contini (Italy),Asuncion Molinos Gordo (Spain)

Curator: Anïssa Touati (France)

07.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

AS THE CARBON WE ARE

Artist: Jade Montserrat (UK) In collaboration with INIVA

Curator: Alexandra Moore (UK)

 05.12.2021 

OUTSIDER

Atists: Martinka Bobrikova (Slovakia)

Oscar de Carmen (Spain)

Anto Lloveras (Spain)

​Curator: María Alejandra Gatti (Argentinia/Italy)

06.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

ALIENS IN ERITREA

Artists: Sephora Woldu (Eritrea/USA), Shushan Tesfuzigta Eritrea/USA), Rezene Tsegai Eritrea/USA), Nahom Abraham Wael (Eritrea), Gzoly Vishnu Balunsat (Philipines/Germany/USA)

Curator: Sephora Woldu (Eritrea/USA)

08.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

EWORO YI NGBE: PLANT TEMPLE

Artist: Yussef Agbo-Ola (Nigeria/USA)

Curator: Olaniyi Studio (UK)

09.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

RADIO BORN THROW WAY

Artist: Adéọlá Ọlágúnjú (Nigeria)

10.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

TRACES OF ECSTASY

Artists: Temitayo Shonibare (Nigeria), Nolan Oswald Dennis (South Africa)

Evan Ifekoya (UK), Raymond Pinto (USA), Adeju Thompson (Nigeria)

Curator: Kojo Abudu (UK/Nigeria)

11.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

THE ALBANIAN CONFERENCE 

Artists: Anna Ehrenstein,(Germany), Fadescha (India)  Rebecca Pokua Korang (Germany) 

Blair Opara and Clinton Opara DNA (Nigeria)

Curator: Shaunak Mahbubani (India)

12.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

XTRÆNCESTRAL

Artists: Colleen Ndemeh Fitzgerald (USA/Liberia), Julia Cohen Ribeiro (Argentina), Lina Lasso (Colombia), Jasmin Sánchez (Brazil), Florencia Victoria Gomes (Argentina)

Curator: Kukily, afrofeminist arts collective

14.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

HANGING IMAGINARIES

Artist: Feda Wardak (Afghanistan/France), Kassir Kossoko (Benin), Platform Aman Iwan

Curator: Ayodele Arigbabu (Nigeria

13.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

MUSING THE BORDER

Artists:Helena Uambembe (South Africa/Angola), Kiluanji Kia Henda & Paulo Moreira (Angola/Portugal), Marina Camargo (Brazil), Sammy Baloji (DRC)

Curators: Paula Nascimento (Angola), Suzana Sousa (Angola) 

15.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

BLACK TALES

Artist: Mónica Miranda (Angola/Portugal), Chullage (Portugal/Cape Verde)

Curator: Cindy Sissokho (UK)

16.12.2021 11:00 WAT GMT+1

DATA CENTERED COLLECTIVE

Artists: Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Nigeria), Lisa Ann Parks (USA), Laila Shereen Sakr (USA), Miha Vipotnik (Slovenia) Data Centered Collective

Curator: Temitayo Ogunbiyi (Nigeria)

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The Lagos Biennial is Endorsed by the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture