Lagos is set for ART X

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Come November 4, all roads lead to Civic Centre, Victoria Island where 14 galleries and a variety of artists will attract collectors and art enthusiasts.

The fair which boasts of over 60 artists will feature international artists such as South Africa’s William Kentridge, Zimbabwe’s Kudzanai Chiurai, Ghana’s Jeremiah Quarshie, Cameroon’s Barthelemy Togou, Mali’s Amadou Sanogo and Nigeria’s Sokari Douglas Camp, Rubi Onyiyechi Amanze, Alimi Adewale, George Osodi, Victor Ehikamenor and Lakin Ogunbanwo, amongst others.

At a recent briefing in Lagos, the curator for this massive art fair, Bisi Silva extolled the event for its diversity of art practice and the potential of pushing boundaries beyond painting and sculpture. She informed her audience that the interactive sessions at the fair will focus on the business of art; the creative economy as well as the billion naira industry that encapsulates music, fashion, film.

Interesting too, Silva revealed that spotlight will settle on issues such as women cultural entrepreneurs and the visibility of women artists with challenging and topical works that reflect every day realities.

For Sola Osilaja, Access Bank’s support for Art X is targeted at creating awareness for artists and nurture the interest of young Nigerians in contemporary art as a strong platform for youth empowerment.

Silva pointed out that although there is no theme for the 3-day art fair, the core values that determine the selection of works and artists include inherent cohesiveness, quality, vibrancy and uniqueness.

The line-up of notable speakers include Professor El Anatsui, Professor Bruce Onabrakpeya and Mark Coetzee, Director of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa . In addition there will be live art, sound and interactive installations at the art fair, featuring some of Nigeria’s brightest emerging art stars.