Grigri Pixel 2017. Selection of citizen initiatives from the continent of Africa

“After an international call for bids, although placing special emphasis on Africa, the following people from African towns have been chosen to participate in the workshop: Aderemi Adegbite from ICAF (Lagos, Nigeria), Essome Ebone Ismael from Madiba & Nature (Kribi, Cameroon), Gnikou Kodjo Afate from Woora make (Lomé, Togo) and Toure Ndèye Mané from Côté Jardin (Dakar, Senegal).

Likewise, the Grigri Pixel workshop will be accompanied by a video-mapping creation residency, carried out by the artist, Bay Dam, from Dakar, using MapMap open source software. This residency will be held in collaboration with the AVFloss group from Medialab Prado. At the end of the Grigri Pixel workshop and coinciding with the installation of the object made for EVA, the work carried out during the video-mapping creation residency will be presented.”


Iwaya Community Art Festival (ICAF Lagos), is a project conceived by the Vernacular Art-space Laboratory Foundation (VAL Foundation) to challenge the notion of art in the white cube and bring art closer to the people who are unaware and might not be able to afford to see standard exhibitions in galleries and museums, through the use of alternative and abandon spaces for site-specific installations and performances. This festival make use of the streets in Iwaya community and environs for alternative artistic interventions.
ICAF Lagos started in 2016 as one of the numerous artistic inventions by the Vernacular Art-space Laboratory Foundation (VAL Foundation), which was founded in 2014 by a group of Iwaya community literati led by the artist, Aderemi Adegbite. The aim of the Iwaya Community Art Festival is to bring local, national and, where possible, international artists to Iwaya for dialogue and discourse through visual narratives and interventions that are none conformity to any presentational style or rule.

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Call for submissions and applications for ICAF LAGOS 2017

ICAFLAGOS2017 Call for submissions

The call for submissions and applications for Artist-In-Residency programme for the second edition of Iwaya Community Art Festival (ICAF Lagos 2017) is open to visual artists, sound artists, light artists and performances artists from Africa and other nationals until the 31st of August, 2017.

Click here to read the conceptual framework of ICAF LAGOS 2017

As the use of both alternative and abandoned spaces are central to our style of presentation, we are looking for works that could be immediately printed with the use of different techniques for public space and site-specific works/performances. We are not seeking for studio-made works that are delicate and cannot be exposed to dust, sun, air and moist but works and instructions that fit in public spaces.

 Aderemi Adegbite
 Artistic Director, ICAF Lagos 2017.



The works of the participating artists will serve as a visual dialogue for communities in Africa and other parts of the world. “Some years back, underdeveloped was a popular phrase used to discuss countries in Africa and South-east Asia but today, it is Global South and Global North dichotomy. The struggle is between the haves and the have not, and this plays a bigger role in how art is perceived and consumed.” They will also look at the surreal reality in Lagos, “the divides that put the poor on the Mainland and the rich on the Island, which in turn, affects the appreciation and consumption of art in the city”. Excerpt from The Sole Adventurer (TSA) website.

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Last weekend, in the streets of Iwaya located in Yaba, a suburb of  Lagos, the Iwaya Community Art Festival maiden edition was live.

This great initiative was presented by the Vernacular Art-space Laboratory though rarely known, this platform promotes interdisciplinary art collaborations. The festival is a first of its kind in recent times in Lagos art scene.

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The maiden edition of the Iwaya Community Art Festival tagged “ICAF Lagos 2016” took the centre stage last week, as the event was held between 9th December – 11th December. As a result, Iwaya community was treated to a variety of Cinema, Story-telling, Dance, Comedy nights, various arts and crafts featured by participating artists. The festival was declared opened by 1pm at Fazi Omar School, Iwaya on Friday, 9th December with a performance by Odun Orimolade titled “Monument”.

Proceedings for the closing ceremony of the festival began on Sunday 11th December by 3pm with “Beyond the Comfort Zone”. A panel discussion on ‘Space-Conscious Artistic Interventions and Alternative Audience’ moderated by Emeka Okereke.

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