By Japhet Alakam
THE Lagos art and culture home, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos is set to end the activities of her year-long 10th anniversary celebration with LineGuage, an exhibition of works by: Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Victor Ekpuk, Chijioke Onuora, Amarachi Okafor, Odun Orimolade, Stacey Okparavero, Rahima Gambo and Jess Atieno.
The exhibition which is curated by Iheanyi Onwuegbucha will open on Saturday 8 December, 2018 and run till 22 February, 2019 at Centre for Contemporary Art,Yaba Lagos.
LineGuage explores the co-creation of imagery between African artists and writers, a relationship which developed in the 1950s and has continued into contemporary art in Africa but is seldom discussed. The milestones of this symbiotic relationship have been nurtured by several leading artists and writers in the continent.
For example, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Ibrahim El-Salahi deftly condensed the ideas of several writers into prints and lyrical drawings respectively, while Chinua Achebe’s books found familiar expressions in the works of Victor Ekpuk and Chijioke Onuora. Similarly, Odun Orimolade, Amarachi Okafor, Stacey Okparavero, Rahima Gambo and Jess Atieno have invested their creative energies to visually interpret Kintu, a novel by Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.
The exhibition captures a binocular perspective of this relationship between writer and artist and hopes to inspire a new conversation on the subject. By bringing the works in conversation with the books which they illustrate or which has inspired them, the exhibition underscores how artists not only co-create images with authors but engage with the visual intellection processes of illustration that emphasize the economy of form and visual language through linear rendering of subjects in a way that “less is said, and more is yet said