The LAGOS OPEN RANGE is a public space project of The Nlele Institute (TNI) designed to facilitate the propagation of contemporary photography and video arts in Nigeria. It is a platform of visibility for young emerging artists both on the local and international art scene. It is an open space for the interaction between the artists and the viewing public where the role of the later will be as an active agent in the creation of meaning and agent in the realization of artwork itself.

The OPEN RANGE will allow viewer participation that will narrow the gap or distance between the producer and the recipient, between the creative and the non-creative demography. It will also bring together or merge the artistic life and the everyday public life. This project will highlight the role and position of art in the life of a community where public learning can be promoted. The role of the artist as a social communicator and catalyst will also be highlighted.

The OPEN RANGE Project is a creative, development and exchange program that will involve artists, curators, the public and scholars in Lagos under TNI platform. It is a public space artistic and cultural interaction designed to blur the distinction between an art product and a lived experience, a participation that will remove the securities of distance and the gap between the producer and the recipient, between artistic and non-artistic everyday life. The project will interrogate everyday life experiences within the complex social construct of Lagos and other parts of Nigeria. TNI, their collaborators and partners will develop interdisciplinary art projects (with focus on photography, video art and lens-based media) that will link artistic practices in public spaces with a critical interrogation of the society.

This project is also designed to promote collaboration among local and international artists, curators, art institutions and galleries as well as opening up opportunities for these collaborations to thrive. This edition of OPEN RANGE is curated by Jumoke Sanwo alongside associate curators Chidinma Nnorom, Ebunoluwa Akinbo, Kayode Oluwa and Obasola Bamigbola as curatorial assistants

Theme: in-RECOVERY

Date: 5 – 25 October, 2022


1. Alliance Francaise, Mike Adenuga Centre, 9 Osborne Rd, Ikoyi.
2. Goethe Institut, 7 Anifowoshe St, Victoria Island.
3. Yaba Tech Museum
4. No Parking Lagos, 19a Military St, Lagos Island
5. Nlele Institute/Orange Card facility, Education Hub, 6A Alli Balogun Street, Off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja
6. Jelosmi Art Centre, 13 Arowojobe St, Mafoloku, Oshodi.
7. 16by16 hFactor, 26 Moloney St, Lagos Island
8. Ecobank Pan African Center, 270 Ozumba Mbadiwe Ave, Victoria Island


OPEN RANGE returns in 2022 titled in-RECOVERY, taking as a starting point, the role lens-based production and distribution plays in re-imagining the world, as well as the future. As humans across constructed divides- Urban/Rural, Global North/South, emerge from a myriad of uncertainties of this period-socio-cultural/economic displacement, social welfare collapse, technological dystopias and climate change; the restorative role of the PUBLIC- spaces and the people, in the process of collective catharsis comes to the foreground, as a valuable resource, especially in the local, for building new artistic and communal networks of care and solidarity.

Emerging after 3-years of ambivalent realities are questions of how to heal, and how to respond to socio-economic and socio-political realities. in-RECOVERY becomes a cathartic manifestation, responding to these existential questions, while re-framing the notion of PUBLIC- as a site of convergence, and healing using broader parameters to address some of the complexities of our times. The 3-Acr exhibition will present works by the TNI mentees and Alumni network, members of LASPAN and works by select elder image makers, providing spaces for participatory reimagination of the future, one that blurs the lines between the audience, the image-maker, and the community at large.

The exhibition will explore newer understanding of creative, and socio-cultural processes of production, distribution and consumption of images, while engaging contemporary usage of photography and/or video art in Nigeria-as a medium that reflects lived experiences, and pressing realities of the larger society.

Structured as a three (3)-act itinerant exhibition, moving across 8-venues in the city of Lagos, in-RECOVERY provides an alternative platform for the visibility of artistic practices locally, with focus on photography, video art and other lens-based media.

  • Jumoke Sanwo

How to Participate

All submission for the OPEN RANGE 2022 should follow the criteria below:

  1. Participation is strictly for TNI Alumni and Mentees from 2013 till date.
  2. A single PDF (10MB Max) portfolio of the artist’s work, containing: The Portfolio Title, 15-20 images from one or two different projects from 2015 till date, Artist Statement (300 words Max), Artist Bio (300 words Max), Title of each image and Caption.
  3. A self portrait of 1200 Pixel on the longest side at 72dpi.
  4. A scanned copy of your means of identification- National ID Card, Voters Card or Passport Data Page.
  5. Your Contacts- Email, Website, Instagram and Phone Number (preferably your WhatsApp number)


Note: High Resolution images will be requested from selected artists

Deadline for Subnissions: 22 September, 2022