●Edition 2: Moving Away
Nov. 23–24 2018
Film and Symposium

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, Lagos

  • Goethe-Institut Nigeria
  • Catholic Mission St, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria

University of Ife in Ile-Ife, Nigeria by architects Arieh Sharon and Eldar Sharon, Arieh Sharon digital archive.

In 1931 the Galician-born student Arieh Sharon completed his studies at Bauhaus Dessau and returned to Palestine to open an architectural office in Tel Aviv. After Israel’s founding, he was appointed head of the State Planning Authority—assuming responsibility for developing new cities for Jewish refugees and migrants—and later becoming involved in Israel’s development aid programs in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For the exhibition chapter Moving Away, architect Zvi Efrat is comissioned to produce a short film and research on the University of Ife campus (now known as Obafemi Awolowo University)—the first post-independence campus in Nigeria to possess an architecture faculty, designed by Arie Sharon in the 1960s. Held in Lagos with local and international scholars, the symposium will offer a critical dialogue on design, pedagogy and campus-building at the start of Nigeria's transition to independence, initiating a discussion between African and European architects and scholars on the decolonizing of the campus and art and architecture curricula.

Speakers include the architects, curators and theorists Kunlé Adeyemi (NLÉ architects Amsterdam/Lagos), Bayo Amole (Ile-Ife University), Abimbola Asojo (Minnesota University), Regina Bittner (Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau), Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv), Babatunde E. Jaiyeoba (Ile-Ife University), Hannah Le Roux (Wits University Johannesburg) and Cordelia O. Osasona (Ile-Ife University).

The symposium is curated by Marion von Osten (Berlin) and Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv), in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Lagos.