Thursday, 27 December 2012

OYASAF Lecture Series II opens 2013

OYASAF, in collaboration with WOTASIDE Art Studios holds the second lecture series titled CONTEMPORARY ART IN NIGERIA: CONTEXTUAL NAVIGATION THROUGH THE WEB OF HISTORY”  to be delivered by Dr. Kunle Filani MFA, PhD on January 19, 2013 at OYASAF conference center, Okupe Estate, Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos. Time is 10:30am prompt.

Abstract from Lecture

The dynamics of change in the 20th century Africa, considerably transformed art forms that are typical of the earlier artistic traditions found in the various creative cultures that constitute the present day Nigeria. Within this paradigm shift however, is located the tensile strings of continuities that unify the past with the present; thereby justifying the maxim that culture is a continuum.

Despite the staggered beginnings of Contemporary Art Historical Studies in Africa, a more systematic classification and articulation of formal and contextual genres seems to be emerging. For the artist, form is the outward expression of nuanced experience. It is therefore plausible to examine contemporary art in Nigeria on a historical construct that is premised on contextual narrative.

Dr. Kunle Filani

(Curriculum Vitae)

Dr. Kunle Filani hails from Ikole-Ekiti. He attended the University of Ife, (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where be obtained a 2nd Class-Upper degree in Fine Arts.

He ran his Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) between 1982 and 1984 at the University of Benin, Benin City. He was supervised by Professor Solomn Wangboje and Prof. Clarry Nelson-Cole in Printmaking, and taught the rudiments of criticism by Prof. Doris Rogers. He obtained a post- graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Lagos in 1995 and bagged his doctorate in Visual Arts History from the University of Ibadan under the supervision of Prof. Cornelius Adepegba.

Filani started teaching in the tertiary institution since 1985. He was at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo-then a campus under the University of Ife (1985-1992), Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos (1992-?), Federal College of Education Osiele, Abeokuta (2004-2012) as Provost, and Chief Executive. He is an adjunct lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, University Ibadan since 2009, and currently on Sabbatical appointment in the same University.

Kunle Filani reached the peak of his career as a lecturer in the College of Education system when he became a Chief lecturer in 1995. He also served in many administrative and academic capacities such as Head of Department, Dean, Deputy Provost and the ultimate-Provost. He was once the Chairman of Federal Committee of Provosts.

Filani’s landmark contributions to art can be located in his research into art materials and scholarship. He innovated the use of “Petro-polystyrene” for printmaking, painting and sculpture. His insightful and numerous publications can be found in local and international journals and books. He has remarkably influenced a lot of students and colleagues with his pragmatic approach to teaching. As a pioneering member of the Ona movement, Filani has consistently promulgated the art genre and ensured its place in contemporary history. He initiated the “Best of Ife” exhibition series and quite pro-active in supporting Governmental and Non-Governmental art institutions.

He is the president of Culture and Creative Arts Forum (CCAF) since inception in 2001 and holds the membership of numerous local and international art organizations. He is a fellow of society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) and Honorary Fellow of the Pan-Africa Circle of Artists (PACA) among others.

We look forward to your honoring us with your invaluable presence and participation at the lecture.

Signed: Prince (Engr) Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon


Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation


 Olu Amoda                                   Emmanuel Adigwe

Phone: 08122676902                    Phone: 08028322578

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