Sep 30, 2009

Nollywood Lady: Peace Anyiam Fiberesima

From a press release by Women Make Movies:
NOLLYWOOD LADY, a new educational resource now available through Women Make Movies, plus a special offer for documentaries on African Cinema from the new special collection Behind the Lens: Women in Cinema.

Africa's film industry is one of the world's largest, third to only Bollywood and Hollywood. WMM's new release NOLLYWOOD LADY by Dorothee Wenner offers an insider's look into the vibrant film production hub of Lagos, Nigeria, and captures the vision of this thriving and innovative $250-million industry.

Leading this all-access tour to film locations, markets, and sit-downs with Nollywood professional is Peace Anyiam-Fibresima, an impresario of showbiz otherwise known as "Nollywood Lady," an ex-lawyer, producer, filmmaker, and the founder and CEO of the influential African Academy of Motion Pictures. In this revealing new release, she shares her vision for transforming the way Africans see themselves-and how the world sees Africans.

Above, a clip from the movie © Women Make Movies

Sep 29, 2009

Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji featured on OPRAH

Nollywood Actress Genevieve Nnaji was featured on the Oprah Winfrey show yesterday in a segment about famous people from film and media industries outside the USA. In a way, this marks the emergence of Nollywood into global media and provides a fitting cap to the tireless work done by the Nollywood Foundation over the previous five years of hosting conventions about the Nigerian Film Industry in Los Angeles. As co-founder and current president of the Nollywood Foundation, I think we can take some pride in directing attention to Nollywood in the USA through our annual conventions. With Oprah's imprimatur conferring a status of "cool" on the industry, look for more stories on Nollywood in the American media over the next few months. Without prejudice, I predict those stories will attempt to assert a claim of discovering "Nollywood" for the American media, and will probably not take into consideration previous substantial work done by the Nollywood Foundation and other organizations that have battled tirelessly to make Nollywood a household name in the USA.

That said, congratulations to Genevieve Nnaji and to Nollywood-the Nigerian Film Industry. It is nice that they are recognized for their achievement and this particular achievement is quite substantial.

Pictures: Genevieve Nnaji at the 2006 Nollywood Foundation Convention. Video clip of Genevieve on Oprah

Sep 7, 2009

Osahenye Kainebi at CCA-Lagos

Trash-ing. New Works by Kainebi Osahenye
Opening: Saturday, 12th September 2009, 3pm
Exhibition continues till 10th October 2009

Center for Contemporary Art, Lagos is pleased to present an exhibition of new mixed media and painterly installations by acclaimed Lagos based artist Kainebi Osahenye. With over twenty years of artistic practice, this current incarnation Trash-ing builds on the continuous process of experimentation
which has pushed the boundaries of his painting.

Trash-ing signals a new departure from his well-known large-scale neo-expressionist paintings towards the incorporation of more conceptual concerns through a format that increasingly borrows from an installation
orientated process. Losing none of his gestural signature strokes, nor the luminosity of his colors or the edginess of his subject matter, Trash-ing highlights some of the issues that have pervaded his work for over a decade. In the recent works these existential, political, religious and everyday themes which habitually manifested with a degree of playfulness are presented less implicitly in favor of a suggestiveness which attests to the state of maturity he has attained in his career.

Osahenye moves seamlessly from the metaphysical to the physical, from the unreal to the real, foregrounding issues for which he is well-known and expanding on others such as globalization, consumerism, man’s inhumanity and the environment forming the entral(nodal) focus of this new body of work. In so doing the exhibition’s title succeeds in playing on the multiple connotations of the word to ‘trash’ to signify destruction, abuse, rejection and waste. It also serves as an explicit reminder on the one hand of man’s disregard for one other and on the other, towards the environment.

Using appropriation as a tool, Osahenye’s most ambitious work to date is the ceiling to wall installation titled ‘Casualty’, 2009. Made of thousand of beer cans, the work is less about the ‘trendy’ fad in recycling than in acknowledging the limitation of the traditional mode of painting whilst simultaneously recognizing the abilities and the possibilities of pushing boundaries without losing the essence of the painterly. On sighting the burnt cans near a garbage dump of a hotel in Auchi, Osahenye states that he ‘was instantly confronted with thoughts of war, cruelty, melancholy, pain, displacement, anguish and deformity and I started conceiving ways to install this large scale work to express the force and the power that I felt.’ Whether the totality of this and other works of the artist marks the beginning of the ‘new’ face of contemporary Nigerian painting remains to be seen.

Trash-ing is a collaboration between Kainebi Osahenye Studios and CCA,Lagos. The exhibition has been organized by CCA,Lagos Project Coordinator/Artist, Jude Anogwih.