Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung in conversation with Liz Ikiriko | Announcing New Appointment for Ryan Rice


Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung in conversation with Liz Ikiriko:
Hear, See, Feel – A Conversation on the Haptics of Photography and the Sonic

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
1 to 2:30 p.m. EST/Toronto time (7 to 8:30 p.m. CEST/Berlin time)

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Join us for a conversation with Bonaventure Ndikung, OCAD U’s International Resident Curator, and Liz Ikiriko, Nigerian Canadian artist and curator, presented by Onsite Gallery. Their conversation will explore multiple histories of photography, sonic production and the relations between—particularly for African and diasporic creators.

Born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, Dr. Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung is an independent curator, author and biotechnologist, and is the founder and artistic director of SAVVY Contemporary Berlin. He was curator-at-large for Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel, and guest curator of the 2018 Dak’Art Biennale in Senegal. Together with the Miracle Workers Collective, he was curator of the Finland Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019. Dr. Ndikung was artistic director of the 12th Rencontres de Bamako, a biennale for African photography, 2019 and is artistic director of Sonsbeek 20-24, a quadrennial contemporary art exhibition in Arnhem, the Netherlands. In January 2023 he will begin as the new director of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). He is currently a professor in the Spatial Strategies MA program at the Weissensee Academy of Art in Berlin. He is OCAD University’s first International Resident Curator and will create an exhibition for Onsite Gallery in Fall 2022.

Liz Ikiriko is a Tkaronto/Toronto-based, Nigerian Canadian artist and curator. Her role as an educator, maker, and mother informs her practice, which focuses on African and diasporic narratives. Ikiriko holds an MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (2019). Her work has been shown nationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Dunlop Gallery (SK). Her writing appears in the upcoming Aperture publication As We Rise, Public Journal, MICE Magazine, C Magazine, Blackflash, and Akimbo. Ikiriko’s most recent curatorial projects include: Is Love a Synonym for Abolition? (Gallery 44, 2021), The Break, The Wake, The Hold, The Breath (Circuit Gallery/Prefix ICA, 2019), An Archive But Not An Atlas (Critical Distance Centre for Curators, 2019), and A Lineage of Transgression (ArtSpace Peterborough, 2019). She is a co-curator of Bamako Encounters, the 13th African Photography Biennial, and is the Curator of Collections and Contemporary Engagement at the Art Gallery of York University.

Image credits:
Dr. Bonaventure Ndikung (left): David Uzochukwu
Liz Ikiriko (right): courtesy Liz Ikiriko



Ryan Rice appointed Curator, Indigenous Art for Onsite Gallery

Ryan Rice, Associate Dean of OCAD University’s Faculty of Arts and Science, is taking on a special assignment as Curator, Indigenous Art for the University’s Onsite Gallery. Rice will lead the conceptualization and organization of focused exhibitions and related public engagement at the Onsite Gallery for the OCAD U community, the greater public and Indigenous communities, as it aligns with the gallery’s vision and mandate.

Says Rice: “This appointment formally advances the curatorial work I have been undertaking with Onsite Gallery since presenting the award-winning 2017 inaugural exhibition raise a flag: Works from the Indigenous Art Collection 2000-2015 and developing the upcoming exhibition Jordan Bennett: Souvenir (June 2022).”

Rice’s appointment was effective on July 1, 2021.

About Ryan Rice:
Rice, Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawake, is an independent curator, associate professor and the associate dean in the Faculty of Arts and Science. His institutional and independent curatorial career spans 30 years in community, museums, artist-run centres and galleries.

His writing on contemporary Onkwehón:we art has been published in numerous periodicals and exhibition catalogues, and he has lectured widely.

He is currently working on three solo exhibitions, including Jordan Bennett: Souvenir for the Onsite Gallery and Pageant: Natalie King for Centre [3], while his touring exhibition Bait: Couzyn van Heuvelen recently ended in Summer 2021. Additionally, Rice is curating two public art projects through his temporary role as the Indigenous Public Art Curator with Waterfront Toronto.

Onsite Gallery is open for in-person visitors! Please visit our website for more information.