|Oluseye and Lakin Ogunbanwo: Project One|
A great show this year, largely dominated by Nigerian artists and galleries. However South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Francophone Africa were also represented.
Most importantly for VIPs, Perrier-Jouet was a sponsor and their champagne was served chilled from their beautiful bottles adorned with art-deco flowers.
|Ben Enwonwu's 1960 wooden sculptures commissioned by the Daily Mirror|
On the first floor, the sponsor's lounge had cosy rectangular seats and a stage, where some events would take place over the next two days. It was decorated with two giant metal sculpture from Olu Amoda.
|Olu Amoda's metal work|
On the second floor was the main exhibition hall. In the lobby, Yaw Owusu, a ghanaian artist, was presenting works made of old ghanian cent coins (which he had difficulties to procure from the central bank, as they were no longer in circulation). The coins, minted in Canada, came in different level of oxidation and where clustered by shades of color to represent land maps from the colonial era. The connection between coins and maps was a reference to the zones of affluence that could be clearly demarcated geographically.
|Yaw Owusu: the cent collector|
|Yaw Owusu's work made of Ghanian cent coins|
Sandra Obiago presented, among others, Tony Nsofor whose oil on canvas are a mixture of rich colors and minimalist deconstructed lines, and Modupeola Fadugba with her pastel colored pieces in oil and acrylic on burned paper.
Oluseye (conceptual artist) and Lakin Ogunbanwo (photographer) showed Project One. It is a body of work celebrating black male nudity in a mix of western aesthetic, Yoruba traditional artworks and decorative ritual motives of the Suri tribe. It was interesting to see people's reaction in front of these nudes.
|(L to R) Ugoma Adegoke, the Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II, Tokini Peterside|
|Chinwe Uwatse and her Uli inspired watercolours|
|Polly Alakija and her works|
A corner, curated by the A Whitespace Creative Agency, was dedicated to live performances to give an idea of the creative process execution. One of the artist was Dipo Doherty.
|Dipo Doherty painting live (1/2): the beginning|
|Dipo Doherty painting live (2/2)|