Lagos Biennal Announces 3rd, 4th Editions To Launch Refuge on Dec 4


The organisers of the Lagos Biennal has announced the joint third and fourth editions of it launches is billed to hold on 4th of December 2021 with the online presentation of videos from the 13 teams selected from the 2021 open call process with the theme Refuge.

This process-based format was developed during the period of the Covid 19 pandemic to work around reduced travel possibilities and to create a new format with a cohort of artists working across a longer duration.

Meanwhile, the Biennial earlier have received applications of the highest quality with artists from across Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Americas, and Europe, leaving the Jury with a tough job in identifying the proposals which best responded to the established theme of Refuge.

Therefore, the 13 selected teams, each comprising a curator, artists, and designers, were recognised by the jury as responding in conceptually complex and currently pertinent ways to ideas of Refuge. They each were able to combine critical practice with aesthetic strategies and approaches to the theme. Their proposals, which the public will see presented from 4th of December, will further be developed over the next year and then realised in Lagos in 2023.

The 13 teams were selected by our expert Jury members, N’Gone Fall, Kathryn Weir, and Adeyemi, from a total of 67 applications from collaborative groups responding to the theme of Refuge. The Artistic directors for LB21/23 are Folakunlé Oshun and Kathryn Weir, with N’Goné Fall as scientific advisor. In 2022, additional artists invited by the Artistic Directors for special projects within Lagos Biennial 2021-2023 will be announced.

The organisers added that Refuge 2021 will take place online from 4 to 16 of December 2021. Each day Refuge teams will present online their independently conceived and produced research in relation to their proposal and the processes they foresee during the course of the two-year period of development leading up to the physical exhibition in Lagos in 2023.



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