Dakar, the capital of Senegal is arguably one of the gateways to Africa and a historic pillar of the salt of art with relevance also in the contemporary world reflecting the deep textures of style and intricacy that Africa can boast of on any day!
The 4th edition of the CCA, Lagos Àsìkò art school programme ran from 5th May to 8th June 2014. The participating artists were Nduwhite Ndubuisi Ahanonu (Nigeria), Eza Komla (Togo), Taiye Idahor (Nigeria), Kitso Lynn Lelliott (South Africa), Vasco Manhiça (Mozambique), Rafiy Smith Okefolahan (Benin), Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh (Ghana), Moses Serubiri (Uganda), Tito Valery (Cameroon), and curators were Dana Whabira (Zimbabwe), Lassana Igo Diarra (Mali), Moses Serubiri (Uganda) and Cliford Zulu (Zimbabwe).
In the development of this project, the director of CCA, Lagos, Bisi Silva (Nigeria) and programme facilitators, Stephanie Cardon (United States) and Kianga Ford (United States) of the Global Crit Clinic, and Eddie Chambers (United Kingdom) worked closely with the workshop participants.
As installed in a room at the Piscine Olympique Nationale, Dakar, on Saturday 7 June, between 17:00 and 18:30, the project was formed from a pastiche of recitals seeded between the concept of storytelling or narration influenced by exposure, observance and/or perspicacity, and letter writing; as from a soul to a location.
Languages; french and english dominantly express timeless emotions and memories collected over a period of time like cowries or shells at a shore of experience. Lines like “art is the language that mediates our character” and Clifford Zulu’s “the vision that has opened up new windows, knocked on the door covered by so much web and nests so thick that you can’t even see the handles..a few that have used the doors to Dakar, to the dark continent, return, not visible to many of us but they are coming back with bright torches” bear concrete poesy.
You can visit Asiko Art School online here: http://www.asikoartschool.org