For the second time in a row, all roads lead to Dakar, Senegal via a Molue Mobile Museum of Contemporary Art (MMMoCA), a residency program for young artists from Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Germany on the move spanning several countries in West Africa.
The art initiative themed ‘Stretched Terrains’ was curated by Germany-based Nigerian artist Emeka Udemba, as part of efforts to support the development of young African talents.
The Molue commenced its journey on Tuesday, April 10 and will arrive in time for the opening of the 13th Dak’Art – Bienniale of Contemporary Art in May.
In an interview after the press briefing in Lagos, Friederike Moeschel, Director, Goethe-Institut Nigeria said the artists will cross through Benin, Togo, Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Mali, with a planned arrival in Dakar, Senegal at the beginning of May, for the opening of the13th International Biennial Dak’Art” exhibition.
“The artists will be greeted at every stop as they display their artwork at each destination they stop at. Once they reach Senegal, the artists will stay for the Dak’Art” exhibition until May 07, when they will start their journey back to Lagos.
She explained that the artwork, which will be created in Dakar and during the journey, will be presented and discussed along the way back to Nigeria at the Goethe-Institutes and cultural centers at Dakar, Bamako, Abidjan, Accra, Lomé and Lagos.
Speaking at the press conference, Project curator, Emeka Udemba described the curatorial outlook as being based on an exploration of how topography influences not just culture but also impacts the social, the economic and the political, with an emphasis on the experimental.
Udemba emphasised the reasoning behind conceiving a Mobile Museum in 2004, as looking beyond a fixed address but offering a chance for contemporary art to be seen and appreciated by different people across locales.
“Art is also about trying to start up a conversation among people. Their minds and consciousness are awakened.
The whole essence of being an artist is the collaboration, and interrogation of other cultures. Such resolve cultural issues and differences,” Udemba added.
Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines are also giving their unwavering support to this initiative.
“’Stretched Terrains’ is a great platform to show the strengths of Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines in West Africa working closely together and supporting the development of young African talents”, says Robin Sohdi, Lufthansa General Manager Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea
Earlier, at the press briefing, Moeschel thanked project co-sponsors Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines, as well as the media representatives in attendance for their support.
She assured the participating artists and guests of the bus’s resilience for the journey and the organisational measures put in place to ensure safe trip