Saturday, 22 September 2018

Okwui Enwezor as co-convener for Symposium at Sharjah's new Africa Hall

Africa Hall, Sharjah, 2018.  PIC : courtesy of The Africa Institute.
A former director at Haus der Kunst and Nigerian-born art historian, Okwui Enwezor returns to the international art space after his strained exit at the German museum. Enwezor has been announced as co-convener of 'The Symposium 5-plus-1: Rethinking Abstraction', a part of the reopening activities of Africa Hall, Sharjah , UAE.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Creating 'Wooden Cloth' art from expressionism of Okonkwo, Morakinyo

Interraction (120 cm x 137 cm, collage on canvas, 2018), by Seye Morakinyo.

A joint visual expression on art that is woven in non-regular medium gets attention in Lagos when Chukz Okonkwo and Seye  Morakinyo show their works made from wood dust and fabrics.  In fact, the artists' new body of work will add to the city's expanding space of fresh art in mixed media.     

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Art Dubai announces Cameroonian Élise Atangana as curator

From left to right: Elise Atangana, Fernanda Brenner and Munira Al Sayegh.

Over two months after a new section 'Bawwaba' was announced into Art Dubai galleries space,  French-Cameroonian Élise Atangana has been picked as its curator.
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According to a press statement received from Art Dubai, Atangana
will curate the inaugural edition of 'Bawwaba'  (gateway in Arabic). The section will exhibit works by individual artists from, based in, or focused on the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, Central and South Asia.

Sunday, 9 September 2018

In paintings, Ijoyemi's 'Jag Heter Tokunbo' capture Swedish trauma

By Chinyere Elizabeth Okoroafor  
The Scaffolding' by Joseph Ijoyemi
Inspired by his traumatic experiences while growing up in Sweden, Joseph Ijoyemi's paintings track the artist's journey from racial abuse to point of acceptance.

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

LIMCAF 2018 makes Ugiomoh jury chair

Prof Frank Ugiomoh, Chair, LIMCAF 2018.

A jury chaired by Prof  Frank Ugiomoh has been   announced for Life In My City Art Festival (LIMCAF) 2018. Held yearly, the current edition of LIMCAF, which has Twilight as its theme, traditionally, include zonal selections from across Nigeria.

With Chike Obeagu as the curator for 2018 edition, other members of the jury, according to a statement by the Organising Committee,
include Ayo Aina, Blaide Gundu Gbaden, Ngozi Omeje-Ezema, Odun Orimolade, Fide Udenta and Nicolas Michelland.

Dr Ayo Adewunmi, Art Director at LIMCAF, explained that "in view of the growing profile of the Festival and the continued impressive interest by young artists from all over Nigeria, the Committee has gone to great lengths, as always, to appoint a jury made up of highly respected academics and reputable studio practitioners".

Monday, 3 September 2018

Strengthening collage art with painterly 'Fabrication' of Anyanwu

'Eko'. (fabric collage on canvas,  6ft x 5 ft, 2018), by Uzoma Anyanwu.
As much as the landscape of non-traditional materials in mixed media expression has widened, very few artists in that fad have  convincing stories to tell. Most commonly used, perhaps to nauseating taste, is textile materials, either on canvas or in sculptural expressions.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Omeje's Connecting Deep, celebrating with CCA at 10

Connecting Deep (terracotta and plastic, 2017/18).

From September 8 - November 9, 2018, artist, Ngozi Omeje joins Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos in 10th year anniversary celebration. CCA announced the presentation of what it described as the artist's  ambitious new installation work.