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Diaspora at Home - Group show

Where: CCA, Lagos

Pictures Allowed: Yes

Kid Friendly: Yes

Open: Monday - Friday 10.00 -18.00

Price: Free admission

The Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos and KADIST Paris have teamed up to produce the group exhibition Diaspora at Home, which explores a number of conversations on the issue of mobility within Africa.

Although the term diaspora is used to refer to any migrant group and their descendants who maintain a link with their place of origin, it is rarely applied to Africans within Africa, raising a critical question: why not? Statistically, most Africans move within their own country, in rural-to-urban migration, or to other countries within the same region - creating diasporas within the continent and in their own countries.

Diaspora at Home delves into the long history and practice of migration within the continent, reflecting on the role of artistic forms in the circulation and sharing of knowledge. The exhibition takes an alternative approach to highlight political and economic factors of mobility within the continent, considering both humans and natural resources, knowledge, languages; and the historical consequences of these movements as it affects issues of ecology, racism and colonial history. The artists featured in the exhibition include Nidhal Chamekh, Bady Dalloul, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Rahima Gambo, Laura Henno, Abraham Oghobase, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Chloe Quenum. And screenings by Jumana Manna and Marie Voignier.

This full collaborative project includes a program of artist residencies in Lagos, an exhibition and a series of artist talks and conversations at CCA Lagos, organised in the memory of Bisi Silva (1962 – 2019), founder of CCA, Lagos who strongly believed in promoting cultural exchanges and creating new networks.

Words: Maggie Ibiam

Em'kal Eyongakpa, Untitled 1 (Naked routes), 2011

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