Leave out the stress of getting to an event running through the regular heavy traffic on the way to the venue, Civic Centre was filled – again – showing the love people have for ART.
Art X Lagos fair opened at 10 am and, the fun continued. The major highlights from yesterday were the Art X Talks and the Art X Live.
The Art X Live began on Friday and the artists completed their works yesterday, Saturday.
The Art X Talks featured Ed Keazor and Stacey Harvey exploring how we remember, map and rethink our histories through the lens of FESTAC ‘77 and, Lemi Ghariokwu (The King of Covers) talked about how afrobeat legend, Fela inspired him.
The FESTAC discussion was moderated by Maryam Kazeem, a Lagos-based writer, producer and multimedia artist.
Ed, a Lagos-based historian and filmmaker said FESTAC was meant to celebrate the culture of the black race but it later subsumed into sheer materialism. In other words, the emphasis shifted from culture to materialism.
He added that FESTAC ’77 was indeed a powerful event but the management of the legacies is a failure.
On her part, Stacey, an associate editor of Cape Town-based platform, Chimurenga said FESTAC was a success because the music was used to do more talking than politicians can, considering the schemes of Thabo Mbeki at the event, who wanted to use the music as a tool for liberation.
She adds, “unless we connect the past, the present and the future, we are no more”.
For Ghariokwu, he started by pulling down the idea that artistes or celebrities just “blow” from nowhere, saying they actually put in much effort to “evolve” to become what they are.
As for his relationship with Fela, he said their ideologies differed but he set boundaries and got what he wanted from him, advising that people should have mentors but, “know what you want from them”.
Ghariokwu also said Black people copy from the outside world but we feel inferior to do things that we would be remembered for.
Some other artworks:
The fun – Art X Lagos continues (and closes today at the Civic Centre, Ozumba Mbadiwe Road, Victoria Island, Lagos), you sure don’t want to miss the finale.