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February 6, 2012

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos

Jelili Atiku, "Nigerian Fetish,"  2011.
Performance, Ejigbo, Lagos.
Photo: Tajudeen Busari.
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Occupy Nigeria

The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos announces an open-ended
programme of events and short-term exhibitions related to the recent
and ongoing Occupy Nigeria movement.

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos
9 McEwen Street,
Sabo, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria

info {AT} ccalagos.org


On 1 January 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria eliminated
government subsidies intended to keep petrol prices at an affordable
rate—especially for many of the country's disadvantaged citizens, who
regarded such subsidies as their only benefit from the country's oil
wealth. The subsequent 116% overnight increase in the price of petrol
prompted the Nigerian Labour and Trade Unions and other civil
organisations, on 9 January 2012, to initiate a nationwide strike. The
week started off with small pockets of unrest and moderate
demonstrations that gradually gave way to full-fledged civil
resistance throughout the nation. This movement, in consonance with
other 'Occupy' protest demonstrations around the world, can be seen in
light of a variety of issues that currently plague the nation—foremost
among them being the country's stagnant economy, its dilapidated
transport, education and health infrastructure, and the ever-present
parasitic forms of political and economic corruption.

Within this context, CCA, Lagos initiated an open-ended programme to
discursively engage the nation's current state of affairs, the
mechanisms underpinning Occupy Nigeria as well as the movement's
immediate impact and potential long-term effects. The inaugural event
ON #1 occurred on 28 January 2012 with a presentation of photography
projections featuring work by  Uche James-Iroha, Abraham Oghobase,
Andrew Esiebo and Victor Ehikhamenor. Sound and video artist Emeka
Ogboh unveiled a project featuring 250, of approximately 5000 Twitter
messages he archived amidst the demonstrations, while the performance
artist Jelili Atiku presented the initial iteration of a time-capsule
project featuring protest ephemera, as well as a performance work.
Also included were contributions by the artists Chinwe Uwatse, Aderemi
Adegbite, Jide Odukoya and Chris Okonkwo.

The event was complimented by a dynamic open forum/panel discussion
featuring the geologist and cultural activist Toyin Akinosho, lawyer
Jide Bello, writer Toni Kan, and actress Joke Silva. The forum placed
a particular emphasis on engaging the novel presence of online
activism and the role of social media in the recent chain of events,
as well as issues concerning citizenship, ethics, and the arts.

Occupy Nigeria was/is developed and organised by Bisi Silva, Curator,
and Jude Anogwih, Artist/Curator, CCA, Lagos.

Kader Attia's Oil and Sugar #2
28 January–4 February 2012

On the occasion of the Occupy Nigeria forum, CCA, Lagos has the
pleasure of presenting a video work by the Algerian artist Kader
Attia. A single screen projection, Attia's Oil and Sugar #2 (2007) is
an evocative four and half minute video work portraying the interplay
of two raw materials: oil and sugar. Replete with allusions to
ephemerality, destruction and transformation, Attia's video, and the
material substances with which it engages, elicits timely associations
with colonial and imperial legacies and their residual effects on the

Born in 1970 in Dugny, France to parents of Algerian origin, Attia
studied philosophy and art in Paris and Barcelona before spending two
years doing national civil service in the Democratic Republic of the
Congo. His work has been featured in numerous international
exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (2003), Lyon Biennial
(2005), and the Bamako Biennale (2009). He lives and works in Berlin
and Algiers.

Kader Attia's Oil and Sugar #2 is organised by Jude Anogwih.

Occupy Nigeria replaces our scheduled exhibition programme Contested
Terrains which was initially planned to tour to Lagos (21 January–3
March 2012) after its first showing at Tate Modern, London in 2011.

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