Emeka Okereke

Photographer, Filmmaker, Writer, Visual Artist
      
18.04 | Conversation between Emeka Okereke and Alain Missala at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Location: Lagos and Berlin
Nationality: Nigerian
Biography: Emeka Okereke is a Nigerian visual artist and writer who lives and works between Lagos and Berlin, moving from one to the other on a frequent basis. A past member of the renowned Nigerian photography collective Depth of Field (DOF), he holds a... MORE
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18.04 | Conversation between Emeka Okereke and Alain Missala at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
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Apr 15, 2024
“The sociopolitical tensions of our time have infused our daily lives with an ominous aura. The atmosphere is fraught with tension. Anxiety is heightened. A sense of powerlessness and hopelessness pervades the air and constricts movement, both of the body and soul. Political positions are at loggerheads. All of this plays out most evidently at the boundaries of our differences. Despite these challenges, people worldwide have found creative ways to express support for life and condemn violence through demonstrations, dialogues, and artistic interventions. These actions arise from individual agency, aiming to reject a world where the boundaries between the self and the other are weaponized and turned against one another.” (Emeka Okereke)

Berlin, known for its history as a city of intersections and multifarious identities, embodies many contradictions. Its residents navigate paradoxes engendered by ideological differences. Yet it is a city where children from myriad nationalities and races across the globe are raised and educated with a strong emphasis on multiculturalism. What kind of world will they inherit or create as they grow up? As part of his podcast Nkata, artist and scholar Emeka Okereke discusses with Alain Missala the following questions: As humanity moves towards, and encounters, each other (intensively and extensively), what do we make of our differences and how might we nurture and encourage the children to embrace the wealth of difference to project themselves onto a world where, as the African philosophy, Ubuntu goes, “I am because we are”?  

The conversation will centre around what Emeka Okereke calls “a volatile negotiation between the past and the present”, reflecting on the dilemmas of our time, and the new age – the world our children will one day inherit. Selected episodes from Nkata are presented at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) as part of the exhibition A Home for Something Unknown (March 2 – April 28, 2024).

In the series, Okereke speaks with cultural practitioners, theorists, and fellow artists about their lives and work. The conversations are renditions of significant events experienced by the guests that inform their way of being and moving in the world.

For more see the link on the website of n.b.k below


n.b.k.  â€“ Dilemma of a New Age
Der Neue Berliner Kunstverein ist ein 1969 in Berlin gegründeter Kunstverein, der sich der Förderung zeitgenössischer Kunst widmet. Der Verein hat feste Ausstellungsräume in der Chausseestraße in Berlin-Mitte.
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