Serendipity… a visual search for African ideology

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By JAPHET ALAKAM

After a successful hosting of its first exhibition of the year that featured 13 upcoming artists, Alexis gallery, one of the gallery committed to the promotion of African artists last week opened its doors for another group exhibition tagged Serendipity, an exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculptures. The exhibition which will feature the works of five Nigerian artists and one from Republic of Benin opened on March 29, and will run to April 5th . The opening which was attended by many art collectors, viewers and lovers, afforded them another opportunity to look at the creative and aesthetic works of the artists.

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*Eko si kwali ike, one of the exhibiting works by George Edozie

The one week exhibition  featured the works of a new group of artists that share the same ideology and are not satisfied with what some contemporary artists are doing in the art circle and have come together to make a strong statement about Nigerian and African art. The exhibiting artists are Gerald Chukwuma, Jefferson Jonah, Dominique Zinkpe, Tolu Aliki, Nyemike Onwuka and George Edozie. The artists through the body of works displayed reveal their willingness to change the face of art in Africa.

Each of the artist featured five works, bringing it to a total of 30 works done in varied media. Most of the works reveal the day to day activities of the society in line with their mission. According to George Edozie, one of the exhibiting artist, “we are not painting things or images that are not within the African context, we focus on African ideals, we want to use the works to promote African culture and ideals and we intend to go beyond Nigeria and go outside to project it.” He added.

Some of the works include: Left Right, Life Right by Gerald Chukwuma, an image that depicts the altitude of Nigerian politicians that defect from one political party to the other. Private Domain, by Jefferson Jonah depicting a child who slept off while still holding to the mother’s breast. The piece talks about the greedy politicians who loot and loot even when they are okay, they still hold on to them so that others will not partake.

Another piece titled N70.00 since Morning, showing a kid hawker lamenting that he only made 70 Naira for a whole day and is worried because he will not be received in a good way when he goes home. A typical example of the plight of child hawkers. Wazobia, by George Edozie, a lover of women showing three beautiful women from Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba, it is a clarion call for women to take leadership positions in Africa as they will definitely perform well if they are given the chance. Nyemike’s painting, titled Whose responsibility depicting a woman breasting her child, also lends support for the breast feeding campaign.

Speaking about the exhibition, the group who disclosed that they intend to do that annually said,”we want the society to look at us as creative people who want to give back to the society”

The group exhibition is co-curated by George Edozie and Patty Chidiac Masttrogiannis and proudly supported by art loving sponsors like Veuve Clicquot, The homestores, Chocolate Royal , Arra Vineyards, Avenue suits, Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info, Internets solution Nigeria Ltd, Lostinlagos, Litho – Chrome Ltd, Tolaram Group (Indomie ).

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