NXT.ART Pavilion

Monday, February 28, 2022

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NXT.ART PAVILLION

NXT.ART PAVILION | 28, Feb - 04 Mar
Reimagining The Art World. Ensuring Africa's Place In What's Next.
In 2022, the NXT.ART Pavilion debuts as part of #AFRICANXT 2022 Conference and Festival (fka SMW LAGOS), Africa’s largest gathering of innovators. NXT.ART provides the world with a look at the present art landscape in Africa, explores tech’s impact on the next iteration of African art, while also creating a platform for emerging talent. NXT.ART will be a physical art fair and conversations series, coupled with an immersive digital experience and NFT marketplace. NXT.ART Pavilion is presented by African Digital Art.

PROGRAMMING
NXT.ART will feature a 5-Day conversations series curated to provide both inspiration and insights. Each conversation will be led by notable stakeholders in Africa’s art ecosystem. Daily guided tours give the public an opportunity to experience the featured works more intimately, while also broadening their understanding and thinking about art. Evenings will feature a daily Happy Hour and gallery Meet & Greet.

SCHEDULE
Guided Gallery Tours:  Daily (Times vary, visit info desk for more details)
Curated Convos: 2:45pm - 3:45pm (daily)
Happy Hour | Gallery Meet + Greets: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (daily) 


                               This Session is Hosted by AfricaNXT

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

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NXT.ART PAVILLION

NXT.ART PAVILION | 28, Feb - 04 Mar
Reimagining The Art World. Ensuring Africa's Place In What's Next.
In 2022, the NXT.ART Pavilion debuts as part of #AFRICANXT 2022 Conference and Festival (fka SMW LAGOS), Africa’s largest gathering of innovators. NXT.ART provides the world with a look at the present art landscape in Africa, explores tech’s impact on the next iteration of African art, while also creating a platform for emerging talent. NXT.ART will be a physical art fair and conversations series, coupled with an immersive digital experience and NFT marketplace. NXT.ART Pavilion is presented by African Digital Art.

PROGRAMMING
NXT.ART will feature a 5-Day conversations series curated to provide both inspiration and insights. Each conversation will be led by notable stakeholders in Africa’s art ecosystem. Daily guided tours give the public an opportunity to experience the featured works more intimately, while also broadening their understanding and thinking about art. Evenings will feature a daily Happy Hour and gallery Meet & Greet.

SCHEDULE
Guided Gallery Tours:  Daily (Times vary, visit info desk for more details)
Curated Convos: 2:45pm - 3:45pm (daily)
Happy Hour | Gallery Meet + Greets: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (daily) 


                               This Session is Hosted by AfricaNXT

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HOW AFRICAN ART ECOSYSTEMS WAS STRUCTURED BEFORE 2010 AND HOW IT APPEARS NOW
Naomi Edobor
Naomi Edobor
Dica Arts, Curator & Co-Founder
Tokini Peterside
Tokini Peterside
ART X Collective, Founder & CEO
Olivia Anani
Olivia Anani
Africa + Modern and Contemporary Art Department Piasa, Co-Director
Papa Omotayo
Papa Omotayo
A Whitespace Creative Agency and Creative Director MOE+ Art and Architecture, Founder
Oyindamola Fakeye
Oyindamola Fakeye
CCA Lagos, Creative Director

The African art ecosystem has evolved and risen at an exponential rate on the global stage with the increase of art fairs on the continent, galleries dedicated to promoting a larger appreciation of art from Africa and digital tools to make it accessible to both local and international audiences. This has been matched by the influx of artists on the continent and its diaspora—you have more people who know they can survive as artists, curators and cultural workers. The increase in value and awareness of what is commonly labelled as “African Art” shows indicators of a flourishing ecosystem and market. However, this evokes the question of How to build a sustainable African art ecosystem? How was the African art ecosystem structured before 2010? What is the motivation and core interests of key players who have supported the evolution of African art? What appears to be the future trend and recommendation to maintain a sustainable African art ecosystem?

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BEYOND THE CANVAS: INTERACTIVE SESSION AND PORTFOLIO REVIEW FOR ARTISTS
Kadara Enyeasi
Kadara Enyeasi
Artist and Curator

A special opportunity for young artists committed to becoming professional artists to receive insights to construct narratives and stretch the breadth of their practice. The session will include career guidance and critical assessment of artists' portfolios.

  • The session is facilitated by Art Bridge Project and strictly by invitation.
  • RSVP: [email protected]

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

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NXT.ART PAVILLION

NXT.ART PAVILION | 28, Feb - 04 Mar
Reimagining The Art World. Ensuring Africa's Place In What's Next.
In 2022, the NXT.ART Pavilion debuts as part of #AFRICANXT 2022 Conference and Festival (fka SMW LAGOS), Africa’s largest gathering of innovators. NXT.ART provides the world with a look at the present art landscape in Africa, explores tech’s impact on the next iteration of African art, while also creating a platform for emerging talent. NXT.ART will be a physical art fair and conversations series, coupled with an immersive digital experience and NFT marketplace. NXT.ART Pavilion is presented by African Digital Art.

PROGRAMMING
NXT.ART will feature a 5-Day conversations series curated to provide both inspiration and insights. Each conversation will be led by notable stakeholders in Africa’s art ecosystem. Daily guided tours give the public an opportunity to experience the featured works more intimately, while also broadening their understanding and thinking about art. Evenings will feature a daily Happy Hour and gallery Meet & Greet.

SCHEDULE
Guided Gallery Tours:  Daily (Times vary, visit info desk for more details)
Curated Convos: 2:45pm - 3:45pm (daily)
Happy Hour | Gallery Meet + Greets: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (daily) 


                               This Session is Hosted by AfricaNXT

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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?

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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NXT.ART PAVILLION

NXT.ART PAVILION | 28, Feb - 04 Mar
Reimagining The Art World. Ensuring Africa's Place In What's Next.
In 2022, the NXT.ART Pavilion debuts as part of #AFRICANXT 2022 Conference and Festival (fka SMW LAGOS), Africa’s largest gathering of innovators. NXT.ART provides the world with a look at the present art landscape in Africa, explores tech’s impact on the next iteration of African art, while also creating a platform for emerging talent. NXT.ART will be a physical art fair and conversations series, coupled with an immersive digital experience and NFT marketplace. NXT.ART Pavilion is presented by African Digital Art.

PROGRAMMING
NXT.ART will feature a 5-Day conversations series curated to provide both inspiration and insights. Each conversation will be led by notable stakeholders in Africa’s art ecosystem. Daily guided tours give the public an opportunity to experience the featured works more intimately, while also broadening their understanding and thinking about art. Evenings will feature a daily Happy Hour and gallery Meet & Greet.

SCHEDULE
Guided Gallery Tours:  Daily (Times vary, visit info desk for more details)
Curated Convos: 2:45pm - 3:45pm (daily)
Happy Hour | Gallery Meet + Greets: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (daily) 


                               This Session is Hosted by AfricaNXT

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WOMEN IN ART
Olufisayo Bakare
Olufisayo Bakare
The Yellow of Lagos, Creative Director
Joy Labinjo
Joy Labinjo
Artist
Nyancho Nwanri
Nyancho Nwanri
Photographer

Advocating for equal representation of women in the arts, this talk will feature leading female artists sharing the unique experiences of their career and stereotypes attached to being a woman in art. Women are forgotten by art history and major institutions have failed to support the careers of women artists working on the margins and often only support women artists in a performative manner and for publicity purposes. This conversation seeks to address the need for more institutions and role models nurturing women artists from a young age and the need to discover women doing innovative work and to work towards greater diverse gender representation in the art industry.

Friday, March 4, 2022

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NXT.ART PAVILLION

NXT.ART PAVILION | 28, Feb - 04 Mar
Reimagining The Art World. Ensuring Africa's Place In What's Next.
In 2022, the NXT.ART Pavilion debuts as part of #AFRICANXT 2022 Conference and Festival (fka SMW LAGOS), Africa’s largest gathering of innovators. NXT.ART provides the world with a look at the present art landscape in Africa, explores tech’s impact on the next iteration of African art, while also creating a platform for emerging talent. NXT.ART will be a physical art fair and conversations series, coupled with an immersive digital experience and NFT marketplace. NXT.ART Pavilion is presented by African Digital Art.

PROGRAMMING
NXT.ART will feature a 5-Day conversations series curated to provide both inspiration and insights. Each conversation will be led by notable stakeholders in Africa’s art ecosystem. Daily guided tours give the public an opportunity to experience the featured works more intimately, while also broadening their understanding and thinking about art. Evenings will feature a daily Happy Hour and gallery Meet & Greet.

SCHEDULE
Guided Gallery Tours:  Daily (Times vary, visit info desk for more details)
Curated Convos: 2:45pm - 3:45pm (daily)
Happy Hour | Gallery Meet + Greets: 4:00pm - 5:00pm (daily) 


                               This Session is Hosted by AfricaNXT

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THE CUSTODIAN ROUNDTABLE: RE-IMAGINING NEW PERSPECTIVES IN CONTEMPORARY ART
Sosa Omorogbe
Sosa Omorogbe
SABO Art, Co-Founder
Seun Alli
Seun Alli
June Creative Art Advisory and No Parking Lagos, Founder
Adeoluwa Oluwajoba
Adeoluwa Oluwajoba
Rele Gallery, Artist, Writer and Curator
Ugonna Ibe-Ejiogu
Ugonna Ibe-Ejiogu
Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria (GFA), Director

Featuring new leading voices of contemporary art in Nigeria, this session will highlight the role of curators, writers, art dealers and collectors in the production of artistic meaning or theoretical reflection and projection of trends in contemporary art. It will explore their individual methodologies and how they generate new knowledge and new voices through their work. In addition to this, the conversation will examine the importance of research in art practice and how it formulates questions and creates emancipation from black figuration and hyper black bodies art. In turn, artistic research will be positioned as a tool for generating new perspectives, engaging social and political issues, and championing cross-disciplinary practices. The conversation further delves into the entry point for collecting art and how collectors can become patrons to support the community. It also raises the question of How do we create room for young collectors to purchase works by their contemporaries? How do we curate exhibitions for young artists? What are the steps towards a sustainable artistic career?