By PRISCA SAM-DURU
The Information industry came under heavy scrutiny once again at an exhibition organised by the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF) at the Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos.
It is a solo exhibition featuring a Cuban contemporary mixed media artist, David Palacios titled “Save the Data”, which held in collaboration with The Ford Foundation.
Save the Date which opened on June 12, runs till June 26, 2016. It brings together Palacios’ ideas developed since 2012 as part of his project “Art Report” in which he juxtaposes art codes with statistical information and news. The exhibit includes graphics-paintings, digital prints, installations and videos that take a critical look at models of representation of the information industry using visual news and agency mechanisms.
David Palacios, a contemporary mixed media artist whose works deal with the deconstruction of works of art, exploring the areas of social and political peculiarities, has over the last few years, used his medium to illustrate information on social, political and economic issues and also as a tool for self-reflection on the limits of representation. He employs institutional connections through various indicators, comparative charts, percentile analysis, statistical diagrams and complexity in relationships.
Through his stunning art, the Cuban explores issues on the global and Nigerian agenda such as the global economy, international investment, oil prices, military spend, social issues and poverty levels and presents them with an interdisciplinary approach, in works that at first glance seem innocuous graphics and reports. Originally Cuban, Palacois currently lives and works between cities of London (UK) and Abuja (Nigeria).