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Meschac Gaba in Conversation with Chris Dercon @ Tate Modern

Meschac Gaba ©  Kunsthalle-Fridericianum

Meschac Gaba © Kunsthalle-Fridericianum

Beninese artist Meschac Gaba talks to Chris Dercon, Director of the Tate Modern.

The occasion: To mark the Tate’s largest acquisition and display of Meschac Gaba’s work, Museum of Contemporary Africa Art 1997-2002.

The conversation:
An opportunity to hear Gaba speak about his work and its journey to the Tate Modern. The talk will also feature personal anecdotes of Dercon and Gaba’s friendship. They’ve been buddies since 1996/7. In 2000 Dercon interviewed Gaba as Director of the Museum Bojimans Van Benunigen, Rotterdam, and later that year acted as a witness at his wedding. Documentation of the wedding features in the Marriage room of Gaba’s exhibition.

Meschac Gaba in Conversation with Chris Dercon

Starr Auditorium
Wednesday 3 July 2013,
Time: 18.30 – 21.00
£12, concessions available
Ticket holders’ private view of the display after the talk from 20.00–21.00

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG


Trends in Contemporary Nigerian Art Talk @ SOAS

Two of Nigeria’s most distinguished contemporary artists will be at the School of Oriental and African Studies this Thursday.

Ben Osaghae and Fidelis Odogwu, both alumni of Nigeria School of Art Polytechnic in Edo State will be discussing trends in contemporary Nigerian art.

Ben Osaghae has been described as a ‘social chronicler’. His paintings, drawings and mixed media creations contemplate the mundaneness of daily life. A discerning colourist, his work is often identified by bright figures floating on the wide, flat surface of his canvas. Osaghae’s work is often charged with political opinion revealing of his frustrations with regards to the development of his country.

Endurance March, 2011

Endurance March, 2011

Fidelis Odogwu is a sculptor who works within the visual narratives of Nigerian art, using repetitive designs and traditional motifs. Odogwu is able to transform masses of metal into objects that look fit for astral travel. He is a master of shape and symmetry using zig-zags, spirals, and parallel lines to symbolize forces of nature. His art work retains a preoccupation with outdoor environments and man’s connectedness to the universe.

Fulani Herdsmen, 2011

Fulani Herdsmen, 2011

Thursday, 23 May


School of Oriental and African Studies

Room B102
1st Floor, Brunei Gallery Building
Opposite  main Building SOAS
Thornhaugh Street,  Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG

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Bérénice Saliou and Aaron Cezar: In Conversation about Artist Residencies @ Tiwani Contemporary

Trankat at Dar Ben Jelloun, exhibition and seminar room, 2013

Trankat at Dar Ben Jelloun, exhibition and seminar room, 2013

To compliment Younès Rahmoun’s exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary his  Fedden co-founder, independent curator, Bérénice Saliou will be in house for a chat this Thursday. Saliou will be speaking with Aaron Cezar, Director of the Delfina Foundation. Topics of conversation will include artist residencies in Morocco and Dubai, as well as discussions of Rahmoun’s artistic practice.

Thursday, 9 May

6:30pm – 8.30pm


Tiwani Contemporary

16 Little Portland Street, London