Emeka Okere is the Artistic Director and one of the partcipants of the 5th edition of the Invisible Borders Road Trip from Lagos - Sarajevo. You can discover his works and more information on the project on his personal channel on the blog of the project here
Social design strives to structure and shape society and the environment through human activity. The international and interdisciplinary symposium Social Design – Public Action now looks into the topical subject of social design values in the creation of space in the public realm.
Hosted by the newly implemented Master Degree program "Social Design. Art as Urban Innovation" at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the symposium addresses social design as an integral element of communal and transcultural interaction within the urban environment, being shared among all individuals. Social Design - Public Action challenges the cross-examination of our built environment on an international level. It attempts to interweave the discourse into the very fabric of society. It aims at connecting artistic research and the abstract and theoretic sciences with hands-on practice of spatial and cultural production.
United in an overall attentiveness towards the observation of complex contexts relating to effect and action in space and a thorough understanding and appreciation of the transformational power of architecture over time, Social Design – Public Action brings together internationally-renowned speakers from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds offering an inspiring bandwidth of perspectives on the subject of social design in contemporary political discourse and creative processes.
Pinpointing novel and pro-active approaches that draw their conceptual strength from the understanding and envisioning of the combination of multidisciplinary design strategies
and their consequences in the built environment, the symposium addresses the numerous, current adaptive systems of social and political, as well as ecological and economic challenges and responsibilities we are facing today. Against this backdrop social design is questioned as a means to facilitate the vital formation and transformation of the whole urban network beyond traditional urbanist-architectural and political conventions.
The symposium has free admission, seat availability is however limited. The symposium will be held in English language.
Alfredo Brillembourg (USA)
Anton Falkeis (Österreich)
Peter Fattinger (Österreich)
Beatrice Galilee (England)
Anil Kumar Gupta (Indien)
Jeanne van Heeswijk (Niederlande)
Marisa Mazria Katz (USA)
Hubert Klumpner (Österreich)
Steve Lambert (USA)
Thomas Lomée (Belgien)
Constanza Macras (Argentinien)
Leonidas Martin (Spanien)
Emeka Okereke (Nigeria)
Oliver Percovich (Afghanistan)
Alexander Römer (Frankreich)
Saskia Sassen (USA)
Tatjana Schneider (UK)
Ion Sorvin (Dänemark)
Details Coming soon...
Invisible Borders comes to Ghana 11-20 July for The Accra Project….
The Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation plans to organise a public space exhibition, workshops, symposium and readings in Accra as part of the follow up activities that comes with the Trans-African Road trip of each year. The space identified for the exhibition is the Nima Roundabout in Accra. The exhibition will transform the public space with imagery of contemporary Africa, displayed on a three-sided 20×40 ft. billboard and in the open grass of Nima Roundabout.
The intention to make such outings is rooted in the core ideals of Invisible borders which is to transcend limitations, be it the physical frontiers that exists between people or those that exists between the artists and the public who are in fact, the inspiration for their creations. For more information on the programs, see below:
PHOTO EXHIBITION OPENING | Sat. 13 July | Nima Roundabout
Reception at St. Kizito School
Exhibition in the public space of Nima Roundabout featuring works from the Invisible Borders Road Trip and by selected Ghanaian photographers.
READ-OUT HANGOUT | Wed. 17 July | W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
Open session featuring readings by participating writers from the Invisible Borders blog as well as from their work produced during the workshop. The evening will be headlined by Chibundu Onuzo, acclaimed author of Spider King’s Daughter (Faber & Faber) and Emmanuel Iduma, author of Farad.
TALK PARTY Screening & Discussion | Fri. 19 July | W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
Invisible Borders teams up with Accra[dot]Alt for an exclusive screening of the Invisible Borders film, projection of photographs from The Accra Project workshops, and panel discussion moderated by ‘the funky professor’ Kobby Graham. Mutombo da Poet and Poetry Asantewa on their spoken word game, DJ breaking it down on the turntables.
WORKSHOPS on Photography, Writing, and Film-Making | 12-20 July | W.E.B. Du Bois Centre
Workshops for selected participants in photography, writing, and film-making, including discussions, portfolio reviews, and ‘working the city.’
Invisible Borders is a social intervention by a selected number of 21st century African artists who believe that building a Trans-African highway of the mind and sensitizing the populace toward trans-cultural exchange is the key to maximizing the unexplored potentials of the people of Africa. The Accra Project furthers the aims of fostering dialogue and discussions between people and tribes of the continent through tangible artistic interventions.
The Accra Project is presented in collaboration with the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Ghana; Accra[dot]Alt; and Nima Muhinmanchi Art.
The Accra Project is sponsored by Smoothy’s Nourish LAB, Sunshine Salad, Ink-It, Unik Xpressions, Absolut Vodka, and Roots Flavours Restaurant; with support from the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre, Nima AMA East Aywaso Sub-Metro, and St. Kizito Schoo
To view outcome of the Accra project through images, click here:
INVISIBLE BORDERS is pleased to announce the exhibition “INVISIBLE BORDERS À N’DJAMENA”, at the Institut Français of Tchad, featuring photographs, writing, and films from the Invisible Borders Road Trip 2011: Lagos – Addis Ababa. The exhibition also includes a film projection in the public space and workshops in collaboration with Abdoulaye Barry and 7 Chadian photographers. The workshop will be facilitated by Emeka Okereke and Abdoulaye Barry
“Invisible Borders à N’Djamena” features work by five artists from Invisible Borders and seven Chadian photographers: Ray Daniels Okeugo, Jumoke Sanwo, Ala Kheir, Kemi Akin-Nibosun, and Emeka Okereke; and Kram Ral Narabaye, Djimyeman Innocent, Dilah Silvain, Mianhounoum Nadji, Nagatil Ronelbe, Mahamou Ali Ahmat Bello, and Salma Khalil.
The Invisible Borders Trans-African Road Trip is a project that annually assembles up to 10 African artists – photographers, writers, filmmakers and art historians from different countries in Africa – to embark on a road trip across the African continent with aims to animate the discourse of borders and Trans-African exchange. Two years after encountering N’Djamena on the third edition of the Road Trip project, Invisible Borders reconvenes in Chad to share works from the trip in the context where many of the images were taken.
The Road Trip project is a social intervention by a selected number of 21st century African artists who believe that building a Trans-African highway of the mind and sensitizing the populace toward trans-cultural exchange is the key to maximizing the unexplored potentials of the people of Africa.
About Invisible Borders:
Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Initiative is an art-led initiative, founded in Nigeria in 2009 by passionate Nigerian artists—mostly photographers—with a drive and urge to effect change. The vision of the initiative is to become a symbol of networking and trans-border associations within the arts and photography in Africa, but also to become a platform for young emerging talents in the continent, encouraging them to think beyond borders at the beginning of their creative quest.
The mission of the Initiative is to tell Africa’s stories, by Africans, through photography and inspiring artistic interventions; to encourage exposure of upcoming African photographers towards art and photography as practiced in other parts of the continent; to establish a platform that encourages and embraces trans-African artistic relationships, and to contribute towards the socio-political discourse shaping Africa of the 21st Century.
Their activities aim to cut through the local, national and international, and to create points of interactions between these levels, hence the name “Invisible Borders.”
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 13 June, 2013
Workshops: 13 – 19 June, 2013
Venue: Institut Francais du Tchad, Avenue Mobutu. BP 1284 N’Djamena – TCHAD
The “Invisible Borders à N’Djamena” exhibition is supported by the Institut Français of Chad, the Embassy of France, and Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Organisation.
- See more at: http://invisible-borders.com/2013/05/2708/#sthash.FxMDPXPd.dpuf
From the 18th to the 20th of May 2013, Emeka Okereke will be in Saint Malo (France) in the Framework of the Book and Film Festival Étonnant Voyageurs. He will participate in panel discussions related to Paradigm shift in Africa.
Here is some extract from the French version of the concept note:
They are novelists, designers, filmmakers, journalists ... All undermine the conventional wisdom. Exploring these three days the new forces that are transforming the continent, the Africa that journalists Richard Poplak and Kevin Bloom called 3.0, which, through many seismic changes radically renew artistic forms. Discover some of those who invent the new Africa Niq Mhlongo , a young South African author of the kwaito generation Wale Oyejide and Olalekan Jeyifous , designer and architect-designer Brooklyn, both originally from Nigeria, South Africa Bontle Senne ,Emeka Okereke , Lagos photographer and Filipa Domingues , photographer and producer of the film The African Cypher .
To find out more about this project, see link: http://www.etonnants-voyageurs.com/spip.php?article11299
The series kicks off with a vivid adventure, as Emeka Okereke leads a busload of artists and photographers for the Invisible Borders road trip of a lifetime as they search for new ways to portray their continent and explore their art.
"A photograph is a window, and not the view. Don't photograph what you see, photograph what you feel," says Emeka.
It is something he will try and teach young photographer Lilian Novo, for whom the trip is a first attempt at art photography.
The group set off from Lagos and head overland to the Democratic Republic of Congo in a minivan, but soon discover that driving across Africa during rainy season presents environmental, psychological and bureaucratic challenges.
Watch it on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSlf4xd8t1I