Berlin Skyline: CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons Lagos Skyline: Goethe-Institut/Jeremiah Ikongio
Goethe-Institut Nigeria in the context of its partnership with the Center for Art and Urbanistics (ZK/U) in Berlin, the cultural office of local government Berlin Mitte, SAVVY Contemporary Art Space Berlin and the Arthouse Foundation in Lagos, continues with a residency programme for artists and curators from Berlin and Lagos.
Since its founding in 2015, the aim of »Artist’s and Curator’s Residency // Berlin-Lagos« has been initiated to strengthen the dialogue between Germany and Nigeria. It provides an individualized offer in order to get an insight into the art and culture scene of the respective city and the partner institutions. They will offer possibilities of exchange, mentoring, making contacts and the presentation of work results.
The first to participate in this project in 2015 was the artist and curator Folakunle Oshun from Lagos, Nigeria. He supported Nigerian artist Emeka Ogboh at working on his solo exhibition »No food for the lazy man« at Galerie Wedding. The following year, performance and video artist Tito Aderi-Ibitola presented her projects that have been dealing with topics like female identity, gender roles and racism.
Thanks to our new partner Arthouse Foundation, the residency programme can be set up bilaterally. For the first time, we can offer two artists/ curators, living and working in Berlin, the opportunity to come to Lagos for a six-week stay each in the Nigerian capital. At about the same time, one Nigerian artist/ curator will start a three month residence in Berlin.
The call is directed towards artists and curators that work professionally in their fields and have made a broad range of projects as well as some years of exhibition experience.