Nigeria: “Spaces Of Displacement”
“Spaces Of Displacement – Negotiations of Migration and Refugeeism in Mass Media and Visual Arts” was the title of a multi-disciplinary workshop at the Goethe-Institut in Lagos, Nigeria, from September 21st to 25th. It included a public program with international guests and was held on the occasion of the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale of arts. For MiCT, our Sudan and South Sudan analyst Roman Deckert presented experiences about migration issues from our “The Niles” project. The five-day workshop provided a platform to continue and deepen the discussion from the works of the German Pavilion about the migration of people and images. From a transnational perspective, it focused on mass media and visual arts as spaces of negotiating refugeeism and migration: What does it mean when journalists discuss these issues? How do the visual arts deal with these and interrelated topics? And what is the curator’s role within these dynamic narratives? The workshop ended with a public presentation of its results in the form of a printed newspaper: “TM – The Migrant”. The public programme that accompanied the workshop consisted of lectures, artist presentations, film screenings, and round-table discussions (‘Displacement Conversations’). The cooperation also involved the African Artists Foundation, Lagos Photo, the NLELE Institute of Lagos, the Ford Foundation, and ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen.
Excerpt from the cover of "The Migrant"