18.00-19.30 Lecture by Karo Akpokiere
How do you talk about your work when you feel a transition is happening?
In “How do you talk about your work when you feel a transition is happening?” IASPIS artist in residence Karo Akpokiere will attempt to give an introduction into his practice as a graphic designer deeply interested in notions of accessibility and visibility by focusing on past projects, ongoing projects and proposals for new ones. The talk will also give insight into the place his interests, experiences, observations and have contributed to the continued development of his work and also his plans for the residency in Gothenburg.
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About Karo Akpokiere.
Karo Akpokiere is a child of the 80’s born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria on a robust and consistent diet of cartoons, comic books and drawing time. He received a diploma in Graphic Design from the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria in 2006. His work attempts to strike an effective balance between the personal and commercial aspects of production in graphic design, illustration and pattern design. Using traditional and digital drawing techniques, he creates works that are experiential and reflective of his interests in employing graphic design, illustration, pattern design to pass messages that are sometimes personal, humorous and social.
Akpokiere’s work is marked by the embrace of a spontaneous and where necessary, a research based approach. His work is an exercise in progress and self-discovery, always changing as new interests and attitudes are formed.
Akpokiere has taken part in several exhibitions locally and internationally, including having his first solo exhibition 26/365: An exhibition of Illustrated letters Goethe-Institut, Lagos, Nigeria (2011) and the first Lagos Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Public Art Exhibition, Lagos (2012). Recent group exhibitions have included the 56th Venice Biennale: “All of the World’s Futures” (2015), 2nd Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2015) and Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design: Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein (2015), Guggenheim Bilbao(2015 – 2016).