Tate Modern Conference: Positioning Nigerian Modernism

Save the date! Tate Modern brings you a major international conference exploring new positions on West-African Modernism before and after Independence. Taking place during the centenary of pioneering Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu,

The conference will be hosted by Bea Gassmann de Sousa, independent curator and Kerryn Greenberg, curator, International Art, Tate Modern. A this one and a half-day conference offers the unique opportunity to examine strategies of cultural independence and to reflection on transnationalism and de-colonization in art criticism and museum collections today.

Positioning Nigerian Modernism launches on 28 September, with a keynote lecture by Chika Okeke-Agulu; artist, curator, art historian and author of Postcolonial Modernism: Art and Decolonization in Twentieth-Century Nigeria. Followed by a full day conference on 29 September, with four sessions: Modernism and Independence in West Africa, The Formation of National Identity and Preservation of History, Knowledge and Legacy: Unexpected Tropes and Collecting Modern African Art: 1950–2017.

This event brings together major institutions and thinkers at the forefront of post-colonial and transnational thought and practitioners of these approaches in a global institutional context. Image credit: Ben Enwonwu © The Ben Enwonwu Foundation

When:  28 September 2017 at 18.30–20.00 / 29 September 2017 at 10.00–17.30

Where: Tate Modern

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