ANCIENT RIVERS: NEW TRIBUTARIES
At ART15 the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) offered an exhibition titled RIVERS: NEW TRIBUTARIES. Curated by Oliver Enwonwu, the exhibition portrayed the link between western techniques and modes of representation and the geometric forms of traditional African art which gave birth to modern art.
The exhibition saw works from leading and exciting Nigerian artists like Duke Asidere, Joseph Eze, Kelani Abass, Jelili Atiku, Odun Orimolade, Alex Nwokolo and Diseye Tantua working across the diverse media of painting, sculpture and performance. In essence, the artists drew innovatively from ancient rivers, created new artistic forms – hybrids of photography, painting mixed media and sculpture.
Selected from over 6,000 members of the SNA spread across Nigeria, the artists were largely representative of the creative renaissance engulfing the country’s contemporary art space.
THE NEXT 50 YEARS: CONTEMPORARY NIGERIAN ART
As part of the events to mark the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Society of Nigerian Artists, The Next Fifty Years: Contemporary Nigerian Art, an exhibition of painting, sculptures and installations was held at Omenka Gallery. The exhibition featured the works of some of the most exciting contemporary Nigerian artists exploring new themes and visual vocabularies in their work. It is the first in a series of shows to provoke contemporary discourse and encourage the development of new techniques around these traditional media, which feature albeit prominently on the Lagos contemporary art scene. According to Oliver Enwonwu, President of SNA:
In all, the works presented are strongly individual and a testament to each artist’s quest in exploring new visual possibilities. Collectively, they form a part of a significant trajectory in our recent artistic history – a glimpse into the next fifty years of contemporary art in Nigeria.