Michael Soi & Bright Ackwerh: Almost True
From April 12 till June 7, 2018, Gallery 1957 will present Almost True, a collaborative exhibition of works by African artists Michael Soi and Bright Ackwerh. The exhibition explores satire within a public setting.
The value of satire is often seen to only entertain, however, it is a route to highlight sensitive social, political, religious and economic concerns. Acting as an alternate narrative, satirical work broadcasts the otherwise unmentionable. Almost True highlights appreciation for satire on a deeper level, presenting it as an authentic genre within contemporary art, as well as a source of intellectual value which understands society. The title ironically implies the visual narratives presented in the exhibited works are non-truths, when in fact they are exaggerated recordings of the artists’ personal experiences.
Born in 1972, Michael W. Soi is a Kenyan artist who has been working in Nairobi since 1995, following the completion of his fine art and art history studies. Soi is inspired by contemporary life in Nairobi. His work provides a photographic diary of Nairobi and is a satirical commentary on social, economic and political trends. His work explores relationships – inter-generational, interracial or generally what he calls the economics of love, commercial sex work and popular culture – within the context of globalisation and consumerism.
Bright Ackwerh employs the domains of popular art, street art, painting, and illustration to voice and document his provoking sentiments within the themes he explores. He has exhibited widely in Ghana and West Africa, as an emerging contemporary artist. Ackwerh has given talks about his work at Ashesi University as well as Yale University. In 2016, he won the Kuenyehia Prize for Contemporary Ghanaian Art.
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