I heard a knock on the door. Dr. Usman stepped in. He walked to the bed and injected some drugs into the dripRead More
Artworks are valued based on the size of the work; the medium of the work; their peer group; how many times the artist has exhibited, and also the last price the work attracted in auctions or amongst key buyers. Artworks are also valued based on the timelessness of the work, the universality of the work, the composition of the work, the passion the artist showed in the delivery or composition, the message of the work, how relevant and contemporary the message is to contemporary and pastRead More
It was indeed another excursion into the unknown as guest were treated to the rich cultural heritage sites during the public presentation of Dayo Adebayo’s new book entitled Nigeria 2.0, the first indigenous photographs and documentation of Nigeria’s cultural and historical artefacts and sites. The event which was attended by many lovers of photography and culture at Quintessence Gallery, Parkview, Ikoyi Lagos was a demonstration of hard work that affirms the made in Nigeria campaign.Read More
The Story of Ubulu Kingdom: A Historical Documentary of The People of Ubulu, written by Esther Nwogwonuwe Wright, is one historical masterpiece that has already sparked off discussions and debates about the origin and identity of Ubulu kingdom in Aniocha South, Delta State, Nigeria.Read More
PORT HARCOURT: The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Prof. Joseph Ajienka, has called on Nigeria to imbibe the culture of live theatre performance.Read More
The art and creative industry recorded a major boost last week, with the official opening of the 400 seater capacity, state of the art theatre dubbed the “Terra Kulture Arena”built by Bolanle Austin-Peters. The arena which is the first privately owned technology equipped modern arts theatre in the whole of Nigeria, has already broken records as it hosted over 1,200 theatre enthusiasts during the opening ceremony which lasted for two days.Read More
For the first time in history, Nigeria is making her debut National appearance in the Venice Biennale’s 57th edition, themed Viva Arte Viva (Long Live Art). This is one big news that gladdens the heart of artists, art lovers, stakeholders and art connoisseurs as this year’s participation heralds a new dawn for Nigerian arts and contemporary culture. Also with this, participation in subsequent Biennales is much more realisable and achievable.
The Nigerian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale is curated by Adenrele Sonariwo and Emmanuel Iduma, and commissioned by Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki with the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Others in the Venice team include Wunika Mukan (Project Manager), Adenrele Sonariwo (Lead Curator, Nigeria In Venice) while Prince Yemisi Shyllon, Ike Chioke, Kavita Chellaram and Ade Adekola are Steering Committee Members.
The Venice Biennale is the oldest cultural biennale thatstarted in 1895, which has become one of the most prestigious large-scale art exhibitions, with countries officially represented by their pavilions. Sadly, there has been a lack of representation of the African continent at the Venice Biennale, with only 7 African countries out of 54 being represented.
Nigeria’s Pavilion is tagged How About Now? It presents the multidisciplinary practices of three contemporary Nigerian artists. How About Now? examines the notions of time and identity as the starting point for a reflection on the demands made by the present.
Victor Ehikhamenor, Peju Alatise, and Qudus Onikeku respond to the multifaceted way in which Nigerian contemporaneity may be conceived, through invocation of themes of history, fantasy, and memory, alongside more fundamental concerns related to nationhood and self-awareness. Also, as revealed by the organisers, Jelili Atiku will be performing at the Biennale.
“How About Now? evokes “now” as a term that encompasses a range of ideological possibilities, and which implies the new, modern, contemporary, and/or post-colonial. This pavilion is a framework for these possibilities—making a connection between the featured works of art and the milieu in which Nigerian artists work, and linking artistic imagination to the continuum of experience and complexity of national identity.”
This exhibition features new and recent works by the three artists. Edo State-born Victor Ehikhamenor, an award winning visual artist, writer and photographer, draws influences from traditional African motifs and cosmology. He exhibits a large-scale work fusing abstract shapes with traditional sculpture, informed by an investment in classical Benin art and the effect of colonialism on cultural heritage.
Alatise, a mixed-medium artist with a degree in architecture and also a skilled poet and writer with several novels in publication, presents an installation of eight winged life-size girls. The installation is a concise meditation on the nature of survival, connoting a defiant journey into the imagination. Onikeku on his part, showcases a trilogy of dance films, presented as an investigation through dance of the workings of body memory and its connection to national consciousness.
Lead Curator of the exhibition, Denrele Sonariwo disclosed that the aim of the Nigerian Pavilion at the 57th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, “is to reflect on the question of now, and of narratives firmly rooted in the present. The presentation by the artists expands an understanding of Nigerian contemporary life through installations, painting, and performance.
Their work seeks to use the narrative of the present to interrogate the minefield of societal consciousness in addressing aspects of identity and belonging as it relates to and confronts our past and future.”
The exhibition which previews on the 10th of May, will be opened to the public on 13 May and runs till the end of November.
Lost in thought, I could only hear the ominous crackling on the roof as wooden frames splintered into the raging flamesRead More
When you mention Delta state, the thing that easily comes to the mind of many is militancy. But, a critical assessment of the state reveals that the state is blessed with abundant talents, many who has excelled in many areas of the endeavor. One of them is Amb. Solomon R. Okowa, a business man, dedicated writer and film maker who has strong passion for entertainment.Read More
This year’s participation heralds a new dawn for Nigerian arts and contemporary cultureRead More
Consumerism is a well-known ecological problem. It is associated with the throwaway culture of the modern society – a culture that prefers to throw away used objects instead of repairing or recycling them. Consumerism depletes the non-renewable resources of planet earth and therefore detrimental to sustainable development. Olu Amoda is a renowned mixed media artist who uses his art to stem the tide of consumerism and in the process, create greater wealth.Read More
The Wheatbaker Boutique Hotel was a beehive of activities when it hosted a private Collectors’ Preview of The Art of Nigerian Women Book as well as the opening of Standing Out II, an art exhibition featuring stunning works by ten female artists of Nigerian descent.Read More
Atlantic Triangle, an exhibition of artworks organised by the Goethe Institut, Lagos, is set to tell the historical reconstruction of the conditions of exploitation through timely configuration of cultural dynamics and interdependence of the Brazilian Quarter in Lagos.Read More
What other way to celebrate Obiora Udechukwu, an artist and poet whose extraordinary artistic career spans over 5 decades with outstanding consistency, other than a monumental documentation of his works for posterity.Read More
Antidotes for Corruption: The Nigerian Story is a book by Dino Melaye which no one can ignore. It is a work everyone will admire – except, perhaps, those who are exposed in the book, and who have refused to repent. All readers of this book, including repentant corrupt persons, will salute the courage of this Daniel in the den of corruption.Read More