CCA Lagos presents ‘Passengers in Transit’ exhibition in Venice

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA Lagos) is poised to make a resounding statement at the prestigious 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia. 

The exhibition, “Passengers in Transit,” curated by a team of visionaries including Paula Nascimento and Oyindamola Faithfull, brings together five talented Afro-descendant female artists from Africa, the Caribbean and the USA.

Set against the backdrop of the theme “Stranieri Ovunque – Foreigners Everywhere,” according to a statement on the CCA Lagos website, the exhibition, which runs from April 20 to November 24, delves into the complexities of foreignness, identity and belonging in today’s interconnected world. Inspired by José Eduardo Agualusa’s work, the curated showcase promises to transcend geographical boundaries, inviting viewers on a journey of introspection and cultural exploration.

Hosted by 193 Gallery in Venice, the exhibition breathes new life into the historic Ex-Farmacia Solveni, transforming it into a dynamic hub for arts and culture. Through interdisciplinary practices, the selected artists, including April Bey, Christa David, Euridice Zaituna Kala, Joana Choumali and Thandiwe Muriu, navigate the intersections of identity, gender, memory and place, prompting profound reflections on the representation of black bodies in contemporary society.

In addition to honouring the legacy of Bisi Silva, the late founder of CCA Lagos, and the Àsikò Art School, “Passengers in Transit” aims to spark meaningful dialogue on pressing global issues. With a curated library, talks programme, and various events planned throughout the opening month, the exhibition seeks to unite cultural influencers in Venice and beyond, leaving a lasting impact on the cultural landscape.

“Passengers in Transit” emerges as a powerful testament to the transformative power of art and the enduring spirit of cultural exchange.


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