Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Fashakin's drawing, print, painting in 'Exchange of Change'

From tomorrow, Michael Fashakin opens his solo art exhibition of drawings, prints, repoussé and Chasin as well as mixed media titled Exchange of Change, at Yusif Grillo Gallery, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
One of the works from Fashakin Exchange of Change

 The artist says the exhibition is aimed at documenting what was Nigeria's stronghold and what made her strong economically in the league of nations in Africa in time past. The show, he adds will also discus the issue of "ancient human

exchange" for materials (slave trade) and current trend of individuals selling out self in the quest for greener pasture, endangering his life, placing his ego and pride on the altar to be slaughtered for better living standard.
On monetary exchange, Fashakin notes: it is no longer news that the naira in terms of exchange strength is in no way close to other currencies in the world no thanks to our high dependence on foreign products. Nigerians once witnessed a time when the Naira was equal to a dollar but the story is not the same now. We need to look inward for everything required to grow the economy, the nation must go back to the farm.
Curatorial note: In line with the desired goals for the School of art Design and Printing to continue to be a visual art platform in the academic community. For this of which it is committed to the presentation, development and discourse of Visual Art in all genre, whether specialized, interdisciplinary or integrated with academic consumption and development at its core. The School of Art Design and Printing finds it seminal to expose our Art faculty community and associations  to as much critical developments and progression in contemporary visual art as possible. This is with a view to equip for successful academic and artistic practice through beneficial collaborations and interactions. This exhibition of works by Micheal Fashakin is another step in the direction of our academic aspirations.
  This type of interaction is crucial to the progressive development of our academic community and it is what fosters long lasting relationships that in the long run is highlighted in the continued collaborations and experimentations that we work towards in our community. Fashakin's mixed media experimentation presentation themed "Exchange of Change" is a collection of drawings, prints, repoussé and chasing and other mixed media paintings. He aims at documenting "what was Nigeria's financial acclaim and what made her strong economically within the league of nations in Africa in time past." He also addresses the issue of "ancient human exchange" for materials (slave trade) and current trend of individuals selling out self in the quest for greener pasture, endangering his life, placing his ego and pride on the altar to be slaughtered for better living standard.
For this he uses the idea of monetary exchange as a metaphor to engage the old news that the naira in terms of exchange strength is in no way close to other currencies in the world no thanks to our consumerism and high dependence on foreign products. This he posits against a time when Nigerians once witnessed the Naira was equal to Dollar. Through his work Fashakin advocates that we pertinently need to look inward for everything required to grow the economg.

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