The Boda Boda Lounge Project is a cross-continental video festival featuring works by contemporary artists from Africa and of African descent. This exciting, expansive project will feature events over 11 spaces throughout Africa this weekend (21 – 23 November 2014), including an online exhibition to give access to audiences within and outside of the African continent.
ABOVE: Film still from the video work, Ududeagu, by Akwaeke Emezi. Image courtesy of Boda Boda Lounge.
The term ‘Boda-Boda’ is an adaptation of the word ‘border,’ and alludes to cross-border movement, suggesting physical mobility across lines that represent the divide of land and space universally. Teamed with ‘lounge’, the project seeks to engage questions of mobility within the domestic setting, and how these two notions are now being engaged in our personal spaces.
Altogether, the Boda Boda Lounge project takes cognisance of the physical aspect of mobility, attempting to engage with private space and imagine the ways through which Africans on the continent navigate this space.
The Boda Boda Lounge project also looks at the archive through the feature, Une Hommage à Goddy Leye, where works by the late Cameroonian artist and intellectual, Goddy Leye, will be shown in the many venues as both tribute and acknowledgment of the vast archive of video works on the African continent and it’s diaspora.
Participating artists include:
Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)
Bongani Khoza (RSA)
Chrisantha Chetty (RSA)
Justine Gaga (Cameroon)
Kai Lossgott (RSA)
Maimuna Adam (Mozambique)
Vincent Bezuidenhout (RSA)
Erick Msumanje (Tanzania)
Ezra Wube (Ethiopia)
Tétshim And Fran Mukanday (DRC)
The programme will also include symposiums with Lectures by historian Dr. Elizabeth Giorgis on Video Art Practice in Contemporary Africa: African Representation and the “Experimental” Media, and artist Dineo S. Bopape in Things to say in a Multi- media environment: The Artist ,where Bopape shares ideas for video artists/video art practice as an artist from the continent. Aspects around process, content, technology, spaces for video art, and the market for/of video art will also be discussed, as well as participation from invited panelists in each of the spaces.
Date: 21-23 November 2014
Places: Picha (Lubumbashi), Alle School of Fine Arts and Design (Addis), VANSA (SA), Townhouse (Cairo), Medina (Bamako), Centre Soleil De Afrique (Bamako), VAN Lagos (Lagos), E.studio (Luanda), Zero point Art (Cape Verde), 32º EAST(Kampala), Kin Art Studios (Kinshasa), Njelele Art Station (Harare) and an online exhibition at Chimurenga Chronic (Chimurenga.co.za)
Time: Various (programmes may be found at many of the invididual links
FRIDAY 21 NOVEMBER
Boda Boda Lounge Project / Exhibition
3:30 – 7pm
SATURDAY 22 NOVEMBER
Lecture series and symposium
with panelists Dineo Bopape and Francis Burger
6:30 – 7:30pm
Boda Boda Lounge Project / VIDEO PARTY
VANSA/ King Kong
Video projections + live music + DJs
8pm – 12
SUNDAY 23 NOVEMBER
Boda Boda Lounge Closing / Exhibition
1 – 5pm