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Sowing Watermelon Seeds
Feb 1 - 10, 2024

curated by 

sinazo chiya, raphael guilbert, olukemi lijadu, sarah lorentzen and tushar hathiramani

during the time of the lagos biennial, we present a selection of films and workshops that re- imagine the street as a unique vector for exchange and community fortification amid shared instability.

the project is structured as a celebration, a reminder and an experiment. as a celebration, the exhibition amplifies the ways in which the street is transforming and transformative. variously focusing on history, place and the tensions between personhood and context, the spectrum of intentions and forms presented highlight how the street is always available to host diverse subjectivities.

as a reminder, the exhibition makes use of film and workshops as powerful tools to enable audiences to delve into diverse points of view and gain a deeper understanding of our collective experiences. each film selection has been curated to provoke thought, challenge perspectives, and shed light on the resilience of communities amidst adversity.

complimenting the cinematic journey, our workshops provide an opportunity for active participation and hands-on learning. from the creation of rammed earth sculptures with hive earth to the art of making small sculptures with hot wire extensions, these workshops invite the public to explore new creative outlets within community.

lastly as broader experiment, sowing watermelon seeds, challenges the static and sometimes sanitising forms of engagement prompted by the traditional white cube environment. symbolically using the format of scaffolding for exhibition display, this project launches the beginning of a 2-year public space intervention by CBN (Creative Business Network) and its partner network, inviting visitors to see the street as a portal and place, rather than a link between establishments and establishment.

schedule begins everyday at 7pm


Feb 1:

Larissa Sansour & Søren LindIn Vitro, 2019, 2-channel film, 28m

Penny Siopis: She Breathes Water, 2019, 5m

Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju: Stampede of Champions, 2018, 4m 35s

Hayao Miyazaki: Princess Mononoke, 1997, 2h 14m

Djibril Diop Mambéty: Hyenas, 1992, 1h 50m


Feb 2: 

Chris Curling and Pascoe Macfarlane: Last Grave at Dimbaza, 1974, 55m


Dina MimiThe eyes that never see, 2021, 12m

Robin Shuffield: Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man, 2006, 52m

Sheila Chukwulozie: The Circle Reinvents Itself, 2023, 6m

Simon Gush: Land is in the air, 2019, 30m

Imoh Umoren: The Herbert Macaulay Affair, 2019, 1h 30m


Feb 3

Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu: blueburn, 2022, 46s

Alia Ali: Conflict is More Profitable Than Peace, 2019, 17 m

Jubilian Ngaruwa: CIRCLE, 2022, 15m 4s

Xavier Robles de Medina: Ai Sranang, 2017, 4m 15s

Suhaib Gasmelbari: Talking About Trees, 2019, 1h 33m

Simon Gush: A button without a hole, 2019, 30m

Stanley Kubrick: Dr Strangelove, 1964, 1h 35m


Feb 4

HIVE Earth Workshop

Bubu Ogisi: The Valley of Shadows, 2023, 3m 23s

Taysir Batniji: Bruit de Fond, 2007, 17m 44s

Aziz Hazara: Rehearsal, 20201m 5s

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi: The Same Track, 2022, 4m 2s

Dika Ofoma: A Quiet Monday, 2023, 20m

Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas: The Hour of the Furnaces (1968) Part 1: Neocolonialism and Violence, 1968, 1h 23m


Feb 5

Moshekwa Langa: Cuba, 1997, 5m 59s

Jonas Poher Rasmussen: Flee, 2022, 1h 29m

Wami Aluko: gal-dem, 2021, 3m

Mariam Al Dhubhani: No Words, 2022, 5m 40s

Osione Itegboje: Lantern, 2024, 5m

Steven Cohen: Chandelier, 2001-02, 16m 30s

Elia Suleiman: Divine Intervention, 2002, 1h 32m


Feb 6: OTO Film

Jenn Nkiru: Black to Techno, 2019, 20m

Olukemi Lijadu: Guardian Angel, 2022, 24m

Immaculata Abba: You Matter to Me, 2022, 11m

Kalu Oji: The Moon and Me, 2020, 13m

Filmmakers Panel: Oji and Lijadu


Feb 7: 

Kayla Briet: Smoke That Travels, 2016, 13m  

Berni Searle: Seeking Refuge, 2008, 6m 2s

Heiny Srour: Saat al Tahrir (The Hour of Liberation Has Arrived), 1974, 1h 4m

Rachel Monosov: The Visitor, 2015, 15m

Erin Axelman & Sam Eilertsen: Israelism, 2023, 1h 24m 

Sanjay Rawal: Gather, 2020, 1h 14m


Feb 8: 

Ghislain Cloquet, Chris Marker, Alain Resnais: Statues Also Die (Les statues meurent aussi), 1953, 30m

Eva MunyiriMonitor, 2023, 9m 47s 

Dr Renate Dohmen: Tipu's Tiger, 2019, 9m

Raoul Peck: I Am Not Your Negro, 2016, 1h 16m

Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski: The Matrix, 1999, 2h 16m


Feb 9: 

Hot Wire Extensions Workshop

Tsohil Bhatia: Sun Ritual, 2017, 14m

Camilla Becket and James Becket: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva, 2021, 1h 25m

Ousmane Sembène: Mandabi, 1968, 1h 30m

Mohammad Bakri: Jenin, Jenin, 2002, 54m


Feb 10

Al Janubi, The Southerner: one settler, one bullet,’ 2024 

Simon Gush: Working The Land, 2019, 30m

Raoul Peck: Lumumba, 2000, 2H

Milo Rau: The Congo Tribunal, 2017, 1h 40m

Ruben Östlund: Triangle of Sadness, 2022, 2h 27m

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