Salon Africana hosts “The Fabric of Courage” tribute to FESTAC ’77 exhibition

Salon Africana, in collaboration with prominent African cultural organisations, is set to host “The Fabric of Courage,” a groundbreaking multidisciplinary arts exhibition celebrating the historic Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, commonly known as FESTAC ’77. 

Featuring works by renowned artists such as Marilyn Nance, Tam Fiofori, Somi Kakoma and treasures from the CBAAC Archive, the event promises to be a vibrant tribute to African creativity and resilience. The exhibition will be open to the public for free from April 8th to April 14th, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Old Printing Press on Broad Street, Lagos Island. 

The preview reception will be held on Sunday, April 7, at 3 pm, at the same venue.

Renowned American FESTAC photographer Marilyn Nance will headline the event, showcasing her remarkable work from the acclaimed book “Last Day in Lagos.” This marks Nance’s first return to Nigeria since 1977, promising a poignant reunion with the country’s vibrant cultural landscape. Additionally, Nigerian photographer Tam Fiofori’s compelling imagery and selections from the Center for Black & African Art and Civilization will be featured.

The evening will culminate in a captivating panel discussion led by esteemed arts journalist Jahman Anikulapo, followed by a mesmerising live musical performance by Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Somi and her international band.

The Fabric of Courage” is a collaborative effort produced in partnership with leading institutions such as the African Artists Foundation, Chimurenga Magazine, The Africa Center, and the Center for Black and African Art and Civilization, with generous support from the Mellon Foundation.

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