Wednesday, March 2, 2022

- WAT
HOW ART HELPS TO GENERATE SOCIAL IDENTITY, NEW CULTURE AND BUILD A NATION
Tony Agbapuonwu
Tony Agbapuonwu
Art Bridge Project, Founder

The early generation of African modern artists created works geared towards motivating change and reshaping the African narrative. In Nigeria, radical thinkers like Ben Enwonwu and Uche Okeke engaged with themes of cultural and national identity in their groundbreaking work. What follows is a collective consciousness to create freely and a call for change. Today, this gives rise to the call for artists who understand and rewrite history, and artistic practices situated within the narrative of Africans and the larger world. This conversation will feature artists working across diverse mediums who engage with their practice as the place to raise collective consciousness and create portals for audiences to see and understand the world around them. The artists will share insights into their creative process and speak to how they capture the constant transformation of life in their works and employ creative expression to shift socio political landscapes. Ultimately, the conversation poses the question of How art reflects the time it was created in? How do artists reflect society? And how do artists utilise their privileged visibility?