Videonale Lagos – Changing City, Moving Videos

Video programme, talk, catalogue presentation

September 29th, 7 pm // ACADEMYSPACE, Akademie der Künste der Welt, Herwarthstraße 3, 50672 Cologne

Free admission
In English


With videos by Aderemi Adegbite, Jude Anogwih, Victor Ehikhamenor, Christoph Faulhaber, Emeka Ogboh, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Ima-Abasi Okon, Uche Okpa-Iroha and Melanie Manchot


With approximately 15 million inhabitants, the Nigerian capital Lagos is Africa’s most populated urban area and most rapidly developing metropolis. How is the city changing? Where are spaces emerging, where are they disappearing, and why? Where do public spaces continue to exist, and where do private interests take control over urban areas? And what strategies can be put into place to suspend possible limitations? Such were the questions at the center of a collaboration between the Videonale Bonn and the Video Art Network (VAN) in Lagos, entitled Changing City—Shifting Spaces. It explored the dynamics of urban space in a video art workshop for emerging artists based in Nigeria, led by Anglo-Ethiopian video artist Theo Eshetu in collaboration with the Nigerian artist/curator Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos), and resulted in an exhibition and a publication. A screening of selected contributions is followed by a presentation of the Videonale Lagos catalogue and a conversation with the curators Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos) and Tasja Langenbach (Videonale) and artists Ima-Abasi Okon and theo Eshetu. The talk is moderated by the Vice Program Manager at the KfW Stiftung Marie-Hélène Gutberlet.


Partners of the Videonale project: VAN Lagos (Jude Anogwih), Videonale Bonn (Tasja Langenbach, Jennifer Gassmann), Goethe-Institut Nigeria (Marc-André Schmachtel), CCA, Center for Contemporary Art (Bisi Silva) Partners of the video screening: KfW Stiftung, StrzeleckiBooks, Academy of the Arts of the World