The Vernacular Art-space Laboratory (VAL Foundation) is delighted to announce its selected artists for the first I C A F Lagos Artist-In-Residence. The idea of communal living is central to the I C A F Lagos AiR; participants will have the opportunity to integrate into the family life of the community and as well develop their practices during their stay.

Although more than 30 applications were received from 16 countries, and while we are delighted to mention that as noted by the Jury’s the applicants were all articulate and their proposed projects stimulating, we are unfortunately unable to accept more than five artists due to limited resources available to us. The underlisted are the selected artists for I C A F Lagos 2017:

Anja Sijben was born in 1966 and she lives among others in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. A permanent installation ‘whispering spaces’ which she made is on view in the conference centre of the Cap Gemini building in Utrecht (since 2004). She coordinated an art exposition of 27 Dutch and 2 local artist in Todi, Italy in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Rome (2005). She collaborated in a project of Chris Evans with SMBA in Amsterdam (2006). She organized residencies of ‘the ideal man’ in ID11 Delft (2009) and Artoll (Bedburg Hau) (2011). She published the book ‘the ideal man,’ a collaboration between artists, academics and field specialists in December 2014. She had a solo exhibition in the Garden of the Zodiac Gallery in Omaha, Nebraska, USA (2016). She has participated in an exhibition Mitwelt 42103, Wuppertal, Germany (2017).  She will participate in a group exhibition in Faktor X – das Kunst Chromosom – Haus der Kunsten, Munich (2017).

Aline Motta (1974 – Niterói, RJ/Brazil) lives and works in São Paulo. She combines different techniques and artistic practices, merging photography, video, installation, sound art, collage, prints and textile materials. Her research seeks to reveal other corporeality, to create meaning, to re-signify memories and to elaborate other forms of existence.

Rita GT gained a BA in Communication Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto, concluded the Advanced Course in Visual Arts at Maumaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon and attended to the MA program in Fine Arts from Malmö Art Academy – Lund University in Malmö, Sweden. Rita GT is the founder of the e-studio Luanda project and the commissioner for the Angolan Pavilion, curated by António Ole at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015).

Gor Soudan ( 1981). Gor’s practice shifts fluidly from the conceptual and the philosophical to the physical and sensual. In it mind and body are dynamically engaged in an exploration, through material labour, of the social and material interactions observed in the world around him. His works simultaneously reference both the body and the landscape, and cause us to reflect on how histories of human agency are written on both.

Moran Been-noon is a new media arts practitioner, curator, and writer based in Dublin, Ireland. Her work critiques political aspects of everyday life through examining physical actions such as walking, talking, and touching, with a current focus on the processes and psychology of acculturation. The projects are not medium-specific, she works in any means that best serve the concept. She earned her MFA degree in Computer Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York City and PhD at NCAD in Dublin.

Special Projects

Also, we use this opportunity to announce the list of artistic interventions that will take place during the festival. We have therefore tagged these projects or interventions “special projects” in order to distinguish it from the residency programme.

Abraham Oghobase                                                – Nigeria

Odun Orimolade                                                      – Nigeria

Va-Bene Elikem Fiatsi (crazinisT artisT)             – Ghana

Olanrewaju Tejuoso                                                – Nigeria

Zoe Daniel Cyril (Nature)                                       – Nigeria

Kennii Ekundayo
Head of Media and Communications
I C A F Lagos 2017