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The Conditions of the Archive: FESTAC 77

This photograph of 23 year old artist Marilyn Nance was made in January 1977 in the sculpture garden of the art school of the Yaba Institute of Technology (*Now Yaba College of Technology) in Lagos, Nigeria. Nance is wearing a tee shirt that she designed and marketed proclaiming that « OKRA IS AN AFRICAN WORD »

Jan 27, 2020
6:30–8 pm

New York, NY, USA
ICI

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013

This photograph of 23 year old artist Marilyn Nance was made in January 1977 in the sculpture garden of the art school of the Yaba Institute of Technology (*Now Yaba College of Technology) in Lagos, Nigeria. Nance is wearing a tee shirt that she designed and marketed proclaiming that « OKRA IS AN AFRICAN WORD »

Curator and scholar, Oluremi Onabanjo will engage in conversation with renowned artist, Marilyn Nance about her photographic archive of FESTAC 77, the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture held in Lagos in 1977. Nance photographed the month-long festival, creating 1,500 images of the historic celebration of Pan-African art and culture.

This program presented in collaboration with Denniston Hill, where Oluremi Onabanjo was in residence in 2019. This program continues ICI’s engagement with organizations and individual partners in the New York region to think together about our shared investments. Denniston Hill is an artist-centered interdisciplinary residency and arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Situated in the Southern Catskills on a 200-acre campus, Denniston Hill was established on the conviction that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of primarily LGBTQ artists, architects, and writers of color. Their mission is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.

To attend, please RSVP to rsvp@curatorsintl.org with ARCHIVE in the subject line.

This event is accessible to people with mobility disabilities. Please contact ICI for additional accessibility needs.

Presenters
Marilyn Nance

Throughout the course of her career, visual artist Marilyn Nance has produced photographs of unique moments in the cultural history of the U.S.

Oluremi C. Onabanjo

Oluremi C. Onabanjo is a curator and scholar of photography and the arts of Africa.


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.