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A Discussion Across African Borders

Event: East meets West Public Lecture

Venue: Palo Alto College, Fine Arts Department Lecture Hall

Date: April 13th, 2016, 10am-12pm

Speakers: Dr. Alba De Leon, Obafemi Ogunleye & Nelson Ngotiek

 

(L) Obafemi Ogunleye and (R) Nelson Ngotiek at the opening reception of 'East meets West'

(L) Obafemi Ogunleye and (R) Nelson Ngotiek at the opening reception of ‘East meets West’

What Can We Learn From African Culture?

In association with the current ‘East meets West’ contemporary African art exhibition, Palo Alto College and the Olaju Art Group are presenting a moderated discussion inside of the Fine Arts lecture hall. The conversation will be between Nelson Ngotiek and Obafemi Ogunleye, representatives of Kenya & Nigeria, respectively.

Nelson Ngotiek has been awarded residency in San Antonio for the month of April and serves an ambassador from Narok County, Kenya. While in Texas, he has been facilitating workshops centered on cross-cultural exchange and bolstering US-Kenya relations. Obafemi Ogunleye is visiting curator at Palo Alto College for spring 2016 and organized the monumental ‘East meets West’ exhibition. Obafemi’s experience in coordinating exhibitions concerning African arts and culture makes him a perfect fit for this collaborative project.

During our discussion, audience members will gain a “behind the scenes” perspective of curating a showcase of contemporary art and a better understanding of concepts explored through the works. Dr. Alba De Leon, mastermind behind this international project, will moderate the talk and highlight the opportunities within international education.

This series of events are part of a greater effort to advance relationships between Texas and African countries. By involving students and the community into our conversation, we hope to reach a wider audience of critical thinkers and future leaders.

For more information on the exhibition and the host organization, visit www.olajuartgroup.org

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