Artist, writer and filmmaker John Akomfrah in discussion with artist, curator and co-founder of the Blk Art Group Research Project Marlene Smith on the legacy of the Blk Art Group today, Image courtesy of 1:54 © Sébastien Gracco de Lay
Artist, writer and filmmaker John Akomfrah in discussion with artist, curator and co-founder of the Blk Art Group Research Project Marlene Smith on the legacy of the Blk Art Group today, Image courtesy of 1:54 © Sébastien Gracco de Lay

Thursday 16 October

12.00 – 13.00

Film Screenings
Film screenings by artists Mohamed Arejdal, Younes Baba-Ali, Fayçal Baghriche, Eric van Hove, Nicène Kossentini and Amina Menia

13.45 – 14.00

Opening Remarks
Opening remarks by Koyo Kouoh, Artistic Director Raw Material Company and Curator of Forum Education Programme 1:54

14.00 – 15.30

Lecture Conversation
Artist, writer and filmmaker John Akomfrah in discussion with artist, curator and co-founder of the Blk Art Group Research Project Marlene Smith on the legacy of the Blk Art Group today

16.00 – 17.30

Panel Discussion
Mapping the trajectory of Rotimi Fani-Kayode’s work with Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston; Renée Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive Autograph ABP, London; and Maria Varnava, Director Tiwani Contemporary, London discuss the artistic trajectory of Kayode’s work from pre-Africa 95 to the recent retrospectives at Harvard University, Cambridge MA; Rivington Place, London; Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; and Tiwani Contemporary

Friday 17 October

12.00 – 13.00

Film Screenings
by artists Meschac Gaba, Miriam Syowia Kyambi, James Muriuki, Ibrahim Mahama and Otobong Nkanga

13.30 – 14.30

Artist Talk
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with artists Miriam Syowia Kyambi and James Muriuki

15.00 – 16.00

Artist Talk
Osei Bonsu, independent writer and curator, in conversation with artist Ibrahim Mahama

16.30 – 18.00

Artist Talk
Christine Eyene, Guild Research Fellow at the School of Art, Design and Performance at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston in conversation with artists Billie Zangewa and Marcia Kure on texture, forms and fabrics

Saturday 18 October

12.00 – 13.00

Film Screenings
Films by artists Sammy Baloji, Ato Malinda, Athi-Patra Ruga, and Zina Saro-Wiwa

14.00 – 15.30

Artist talk
Elvira Dyangani Ose, Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London and Curator, Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (GIBCA) 2015, Göteborg, in conversation with Osei Bonsu, Independent Writer and Curator, on the Lubumbashi Biennale and the practice of artist Sammi Baloji. [Please note, due to unfortunate circumstances beyond our control Sammy Baloji is unable to attend the discussion in person, however the artist will remain to be a contributor to the talk through other means.]

16.00 – 17.30

Artist talk
Koyo Kouoh in conversation with artist Zina Saro-Wiwa on nurturing artistic environments through the experiences of Boys’ Quarters Project Space in Port Harcourt and Raw Material Company in Dakar

Sunday 19 October

12.00 – 13.00

Film Screening
Films by Derrick Adams, Andrew Esiebo, Dan Halter, Cameron Platter and Barthélémy Toguo

14.00 – 15.00

Gallery Talk
Henri Vergon, Director Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg and Elisabeth Lalouschek, Art Director and Art Sales October Gallery, London in conversation with Cornell DeWitt, Vice President of Business Development artnet, New York, on feeding the international art market with contemporary African art

15:30 – 16:30

Artist Talk
Simon Njami, writer, curator and co-founder of the seminal magazine Revue Noire on the establishment of a canon with artists Sokari Douglas Camp and Abdoulaye Konaté.

17:00 – 18.00

Collector Talk
Collector Sindika Dokolo on an African collection of contemporary art