Goethe-Institut Nigeria to launch Space Forum 2023

Goethe-Institut Nigeria has extended a cordial invitation to art enthusiasts and aficionados alike, as they prepare to embark on a groundbreaking journey at the much-anticipated Space Forum 2023.

The Space Forum 2023 is an integral facet of the ambitious project, “The Art/Space Negotiations: Lagos,” a brainchild of the Goethe-Institut Nigeria. This visionary undertaking aims to usher in a fresh wave of contemplation and discourse surrounding the availability and utilization of space for independent art in the dynamic metropolis of Lagos. At its core, the project seeks to unravel the intricacies and patterns characterizing these negotiations, compelling participants to ponder a pressing question: How have art visionaries and entrepreneurs navigated, and continue to navigate, the intricate landscape of space allocation in a sprawling terrain dominated by oil and gas conglomerates, financial institutions, manufacturing giants, and real estate juggernauts?

Mark your calendars for a two-day extravaganza slated for Friday, October 20th and Saturday, October 21st, 2023. This eagerly awaited event promises to be a confluence of artistic brilliance, thoughtful discussions and collaborative exploration.

Friday, October 20th: A Dive into Lagos Independent Art Spaces

The forum kicks off on Friday, the 20th of October with an engrossing session featuring Jumoke Sanwo and Mallam Mudi Yahaya. Titled “Lagos Independent Art Spaces in Phases,” this captivating conversation will delve into the proxemic existence of independent art spaces in post-colonial Lagos. Expect a thought-provoking analysis of the evolution of these spaces and their current status.

Saturday, October 21st: Crafting Independent Art Spaces as a Curatorial Art

The excitement continues into Saturday, October 21st, with Dolapo Osunsina and Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh leading the discourse. Under the theme “Independent Art Space Creation as a Curatorial Practice,” attendees will gain unique insights into the practical demands and intricate negotiations entailed in establishing community-driven, sustainable independent art spaces.

Unveiling MADD House: Negotiating Artistic Space Demands

Later in the day, Bayo Omoboriowo and Logor Olumuyiwa take the stage, offering an exclusive look into the fascinating world of “MADD House.” This session, aptly titled “Mind Behind MADD House,” will provide a detailed exploration of the negotiation demands involved in creating this artistic haven, offering a glimpse into its future programming.

As the sun sets on Saturday’s sessions, the Space Forum 2023 will culminate with a vibrant Networking Party, fostering connections and creative collaborations amongst attendees.

Kolawole Oludamilare, the dynamic force behind this innovative initiative, has extended a warm invitation to art enthusiasts, curators, and all those passionate about the burgeoning independent art scene in Lagos. This is an opportunity to be part of a transformative dialogue that promises to reshape the artistic landscape of the city.


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