“The Oceans and the Interpreters” exhibition unveils intriguing artistic journey through African-Asian relationship

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, in partnership with Yaba Art Museum, Chew’s Culture Foundation, Hong Gah Museum, Solid Art and Britto Arts Trust, has invited the public to partake in the world of art and history through the forthcoming exhibition, “The Oceans and the Interpreters.”

Set to be held at two distinguished venues, Yaba Art Museum and MADHOUSE, University of Lagos, this event promises to be a profound exploration of the interwoven historical and cultural connections between Africa and Asia, as seen through the eyes of a talented array of international artists.

“The Oceans and the Interpreters” embarks on a journey through the intricate paths of the African and Asian continents, offering a fresh perspective on the age-old relationship between these two regions. This thought-provoking exhibition aims to shed light on the historical and cultural ties that bind Africa and Asia, encouraging viewers to reflect on the far-reaching impact of trans-Atlantic trade routes.

Featuring celebrated artists such as AU Sow Yee, CHANG En Man, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, CHE Onejoon, LIN Jin Da, YU Cheng Che, HOO Fan Chon, Naeem Mohaiemen, Musquiqui Chihying, Elom 20ce, Gregor Kasper, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, Mark Salvatus, and Stefanos Tsivopoulos, “The Oceans and the Interpreters” promises to be a captivating experience for art enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike.

The exhibition, which runs from October 28th to November 18th, 2023, kicked off with grand opening receptions and curator discussions on October 28th, 2023. A special highlight includes a cooking workshop scheduled for October 29th, where artists Chang En Man and Temitayo Ogunbiyi will join forces with the Yaba Art Museum and the Department of Hotel and Catering at Yaba College of Technology to offer a unique culinary experience.

“The Oceans and the Interpreters” is the culmination of a curator’s residency research in 2019, with the dual objective of introducing African and Caribbean arts to Asian audiences and establishing a platform for meaningful dialogue and reflection on the intricate African-Asian relationship.

Art aficionados and history enthusiasts are encouraged to mark their calendars and seize this unparalleled opportunity to embark on a transcendent artistic journey that transcends borders and bridges continents. “The Oceans and the Interpreters” promises to be a transformative experience, uncovering the hidden stories of cultural interplay between Africa and Asia.

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