Lagos Biennial 2024 unveils diverse lineup for 4th edition

The Lagos Biennial has announced an impressive roster of participants for its highly anticipated fourth edition, centred around the theme of REFUGE. The event is scheduled to captivate audiences from February 3 to February 10, 2024, at the historic Tafawa Balewa Square in the heart of Lagos.

Showcasing the creative expressions of over 80 artists hailing from more than 30 countries, the Biennial promises an immersive experience through curated sections such as Gregarious Architectures, CAPTCHA, and Worldmade Communities. The inclusion of autonomous collaborative platforms known as the REFUGE teams adds a dynamic layer to this year’s showcase.

Notably, the Tafawa Balewa Square, steeped in historical significance as a former racecourse during the colonial era, will serve as the poignant backdrop for reflections on political allegiance, territory, sovereignty and notions of belonging. The site’s evolution from a leisure space to a host of significant political, cultural, and commercial events adds a unique dimension to the Biennial’s exploration of diverse themes.

Breaking away from conventional exhibition norms, the fourth edition marks a shift towards experimental and generative models, emphasising prototypes that activate possibilities in the world. The Biennial aims to transcend the traditional concept of art as an end in itself, embracing a more dynamic approach to engage audiences.

The anticipation builds as the Lagos Biennial 2024 Press Preview kicks off on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at 12 pm, followed by the official public opening at 2 pm. The prestigious event will witness an Official Welcome at 3 pm, featuring key figures such as N’Goné Fall (Lagos Biennial Board), Folakunle Oshun (Lagos Biennial Director) and Kathryn Weir (Lagos Biennial Co-Artistic Director).

A diverse array of performances, talks and discussions are set to unfold throughout the week, offering visitors a rich and thought-provoking experience. The program details can be explored further on the official Lagos Biennial website at

Artistic Directors Kathryn Weir and Folakunle Oshun have curated a lineup that includes renowned names such as Maria Thereza Alves, Jimmie Durham and Ibrahim Mahama, among others. The participants span various sections, contributing to the overall tapestry of artistic exploration and cultural dialogue.


The Lagos Biennial 2024 promises to be a convergence of creativity, critical discourse and cultural exchange, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the vibrant tapestry of global artistic expression. The event holds the potential to redefine the boundaries of contemporary art and inspire conversations on refuge, alliance, and the myriad facets of human experience.

List of Participants

Noor Abed (Gregarious Architectures)

Rabeeha Adnan (CAPTCHA)


Gzoly Vishnu Balunsat

Rezene Tsegai 

Shushan Tesfuzigta 

Nahom Abraham Wael

Sephora Woldu (curator)

Maria Thereza Alves (Gregarious Architectures)

Iván Argote (Gregarious Architectures)

Leo Asemota (Gregarious Architectures)


Cindy Sissokho

Mónica de Miranda


Deniz Bedir (Gregarious Architectures)

Darlene Blackburn (Worldmade Communities)

Stéphanie Brossard (Gregarious Architectures)

Huey Copeland (Worldmade Communities)

Romi Crawford & The New Art School Modality (Worldmade Communities)


Temitayo Ogunbiyi (curator)

Lisa Ann Parks

Laila Shereen Sakr

Miha Vipotnik

Samuel R. Delany (Gregarious Architectures) 

Ezekiel Dixon-Román (Worldmade Communities)

Navine G. Dossos (CAPTCHA)

Jimmie Durham (Gregarious Architectures)

Victor Ehikhamenor (Gregarious Architectures)

Chinenye Emelogu (Gregarious Architectures)

Nina Emge (Gregarious Architectures)

Em’kal Eyongakpa (Gregarious Architectures)


Olaniyi Studio 

Yussef Agbo-Ola

Jermay Michael Gabriel & Justin Randoph Thompson (Worldmade Communities)

Kendell Geers (Gregarious Architectures)


Feda Wardak

Chioke I’Anson (Worldmade Communities)

Onyeka Igwe (Gregarious Architectures)

Hiwa K (Gregarious Architectures)

Sam Keogh (CAPTCHA)

Kiluanji Kia Henda & Paulo Moreira (Gregarious Architectures)

François Knoetze (CAPTCHA)

Ibrahim Mahama (Gregarious Architectures)

Bettina Malcomess (Gregarious Architectures)

Native Maqari & Zineb Boujema (Gregarious Architectures)

Demas Nwoko (Gregarious Architectures)

Emeka Ogboh (Gregarious Architectures)

Henrique Oliveira (Gregarious Architectures)

Bruce Onobrakpaeya (Gregarious Architectures)

Mimi Ọnụọha (CAPTCHA)

Odun Orimolade (Gregarious Architectures)


Martinka Bobrikova

Oscar de Carmen

María Alejandra Gatti (curator)

Anto Lloveras

Giulia Piscitelli (CAPTCHA)

Arlette Quỳnh-Anh Trần (Gregarious Architectures)

Tabita Rezaire (Gregarious Architectures)

Yasmin Smith (Gregarious Architectures)

Dima Srouji (Gregarious Architectures)


Anna Ehrenstein


Shaunak Mahbubani (curator)

Blair Opara and Clinton Opara (DNA)

Rebecca Pokua Korang


KJ Abudu (curator)

Evan Ifekoya

Nolan Oswald Dennis

Raymond Pinto

Temitayo Shonibare

Adeju Thompson

Sarah Rifky ( Co- Curator of Worldmade Communities and CAPTCHA)

Valentina Vetturi (CAPTCHA)

Tricky Walsh (CAPTCHA)

Dana Whabira (Gregarious Architectures)


Kukily Afrofeminist Arts Collective (curator)

Julia Cohen Ribeiro 

Florencia Victoria Gomes

Lina Lasso

Colleen Ndemeh Fitzgerald

Jasmin Sánchez



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