By Japhet Alakam
IT was indeed a Valentine gift to Arts and culture lovers and numerous customers of Mega Plaza Shopping complex as Cameroonian artist and designer, Catherine Pittet in partnership with Mega Plaza presented a special exhibition of unity tagged, Valentine Art Exhibition – an exhibition of Art works and paintings of Cameroonian and Nigerian Artists at Mega Plaza, 14, Idowu Martins Street, Victoria Island. The exhibition which featured about 50 works of arts mixed with fashion show opened on February 12 and will end on February 21, 2010.
Catherine Pittet is not new to the business of exhibition having been in the art business for years. She is the founder of Gondwana Arts and Artisanat based in Duala, Cameroon with the vision to assembling and promoting the arts and culture of Africans to enable them become united. Last year, Gondwana organized an art exhibition tagged â€œThe Last Pictures Showâ€ in Cameroon, France and Nigeria.
The exhibition brought together artists from Cameroon, Nigeria, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Gabon and France where, artists exhibited their works. The latest exhibition is one of the many ways, this art enthusiast is using art to bringing about a better relationship between Cameroon and Nigeria.
Works displayed included paintings and drawings by William Tagne Nsepe, Elongue Neth, Dax Lyongo, Madiba Elonbo, Jean J – Kante, Francis Bundu Aser Kash among othersÂ from Cameroonian artists There were also works by Alex Nwokolo, Babalola Lawson, Ruben, Edozie George Okey and others from Nigeria. Also on display were beautifully designed textiles (Ankara) by Qualitex Textiles Ltd and a fashion show by Soroya Adje of Younass collections.
It was indeed another better way to show love as the magnificent Mega Plaza was filled with paintings, well decorated carved art works and superlative designs that can change the faces of homes in this special season of love. Arts, culture lovers and regular customers of the plaza had much to purchase apart from their regular shopping items as the works displayed spoke for themselves.
Speaking about the exhibition, Catherine Pittet who described herself as a born artist said that â€œ the exhibition is to show the works of the artists. What the artist do is not to be kept in their rooms and so, the aim of the show is to show visibility and recognition of their works and talk about what they are doing.â€ On what inspired her for the exhibition, She explained that, â€œArt is my life and I like it, I like colours, I like people, I like culture and tradition, in short, art is my world. So whenever I have the possibility of doing it, I do it.â€
Magic of art
Taking the viewers round the stand, Moruf Adenekan, Corporate Affairs Manager of Mega plaza described the exhibition as part of Mega Plazaâ€™s contribution to the promotion of arts and unity of Africa. According to him
â€œBasically looking at what we have, Africa comprises French and English speaking nations and this is like a re- unification between the two. Last time, Nigeria was on the verge of war with Cameroon because of the Bakassi issue, but now the magic of art has brought Nigeria and Cameroon together for good. Mega plaza is proud of that.â€
On why the exhibition is holding in this Valentine season, she explained that â€œthe essence is to show love in this season of Valentine. As you can see, the exhibition features excellent works of arts from Nigerian and Cameroonian artists.â€ Adenekan added that this is not the first time that Mega Plaza is promoting art. â€œBefore we buy art works and even go to all length to promoting arts. For instance, last three years, Mega Plaza supported the Association of Graphic Arts students from Yaba Tech and Auchi Poly.Â We see it as part of our contribution of giving back to the society. â€œ