Towards the end of last week, six students of Graphic Department of Yaba College of Technology and four Lagos-based photographers left Nigeria for Paris, France where they are currently participating in a photographic exhibition along with their counterparts from the Nationale Fine Art School of Paris.
The participants in the trip to Paris are Iwunna Nneka, Azubuike Lucy, Gango Elizabeth, Onete Mary Kasim, Oshodi Abdulhafiz, Ogunbela Oluwaseun, Okeugo Ray Daniels,s Okpa-Iroha, Adeoye Akinleye and Nnorom Chidinma. They are to be accompanied by a lecturer in Graphic from Yabatech, Mr. Gboyega Ogunojemite.
The trip to Paris is the second leg of a photo workshop exchange programme between Yabatech and the Nationale Fine Art School of Paris after the students from Paris paid a three-week visit to their counterparts in Lagos in April 2008.
While explaining the value which the visit to Paris, widely known as the worldâ€™s art centre, will add to the training of the Nigerian students, Mr. Olusola Akeredolu, Head of Graphic Department of Yabatech, said that the visit will serve as an eye-opener for the Nigerian participants which will motivate them both in the techniques and thought-process of art creation, adding that with their exposure to the world standard of art creation, they will be able to employ the knowledge acquired during the visit for the enhancement of their individual capabilities.
He said: â€œThis programme is conceived with the conviction that when aspiring young artists are endowed with such opportunities to be exposed to a culturally rich environment even for a short period of time, it goes a long way to create a lasting impact, which for some, becomes the most important point in their artistic career.
The activities lined up for the two week visit between November 27 and December 10, 2009, according to Akeredolu, will take the form of visits and excursion which will directly benefit the Nigerian participants.
For instance, there will be a tour of all the studios of Nationale Fine Art School of Paris with the aim of giving the Nigerian participants an idea of the various artistic practices and methods being adopted by the school.
They will also visit selected museums, galleries and art exhibitions all around Paris, starting with Musee Quai Brandy, the popular museum housing one of the biggest collections of African Art works in Europe. Then, they will visit traditional museums in Paris like Musee de Louvre, which harbours works of medieval time, Musee dâ€™ Orsay where they will see works of impressionists like Van Gohgh, Monet and Cezanne as well as a visit to the contemporary museum centre, George Pompidou which harbours works of contemporary 20th and 21st century artists.
The participants will also visit the Palais the Tokyo, a museum mainly for experimental contemporary art, Maison Europeanne de la Photographic, an art centre where photographic works and books of renowned European photographers are found.
The project is being sponsored by Total Nigeria in partnership with the Nationale Fine Art School of Paris, Alliance Francaise Lagos, the French Embassy Nigeria, Culturesfrance in Paris and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.