On Saturday December 12, 2015, Art Twenty One will present Platform, a group exhibition featuring twenty-one artists from Nigeria, Togo, Ivory Coast, UK, Lebanon, and Canada working across multiple disciplines including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, collage, clothing, textiles, jewelry and furniture.

Platform explores the confluence of art, fashion and design, as well as reflects creative innovations and contemporary sensibilities of an emerging generation in Africa and the diaspora today.

This exhibition will include an installation by Nigerian designer Ada Umeofia comprising a bookstore and reading area that features recent publications of contemporary art. London-based furniture designer Yinka Ilori presents an eclectic mix of altered furniture built from second hand products, while jewelry designers Malaika Najem and Chichi Echere showcase their newest unique pieces. The fashion label I.AM.ISIGO will produce an installation from their womenswear collections and functional design products, and menswear designers Maxivive, Tokyo James, and Tzar Studios reflect on the inspirations behind their creations. Nigerian artists Kadara Enyeasi and Obinna Makata experiment in collage and the overlapping imagery of contemporary life, while John Madu, Lateef Olajumoke, and Chibuike Uzoma explore emotional intensities in contemporary painting. Lens based practices include video art by performance artist Tito Aderemi-Ibitola and staged photographs by Chinenye Godsproperty John.

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New tendencies in drawing are illustrated by Oluseye’s geometric portraits of Yoruba identity and Obiageli Okigbo’s symbolic canvases that mesh time periods and cultures. Sculptor Olamide Onadipe creates sculptures using plastic bags that form a delicate balance and form, while Dennis Osadebe adopts a hybrid practice of digital techniques with acrylic painting in bright, colorful canvases. Work by Togolese artist Sadikou Oukpedjo and Ivorian artist Yéanzi further speak to regional art communities in conversation with their contemporaries in Lagos.

Platform is open to the public till January 21, 2016.


Joseph Gergel


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