The View From Here

The View From Here

From May 22 to June 27, 2015, Tiwani Contemporary will present The View From Here, an exhibition of photography featuring works by seven contemporary artists from Africa and the diaspora. The exhibition coincides with Photo London and challenges the status of the photograph as a document, exploring its limitless potential for subjective, fictional and poetic musings. Artists featured are Abraham Oghobase, a Prix Pictet finalist in 2014; Andrew Esiebo, nominated for the prize in 2012; Namsa Leuba, awarded the Magenta Foundation Emerging Photographer Award; Délio Jasse, finalist in the BES Photo Prize in 2014; Lebohang Kganye, recipient of the Tierney Fellowship Award in 2012; Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, finalist in the PhotoAfrica contest in 2011; and Dawit L. Petros.

The View From Here also showcases a diversity of attitudes towards the camera, underpinned by an experimental probing of its possibilities and limits. In addition, it will `explore photography’s relationship with other media, such as performance, installation, moving image and text.

“The View From Here gathers works, which explore our shifting sense of identity in relation to globalization and the current climate of widespread economic, social, and political instability. Shared interests lie in the overlap between personal narratives and collective history; the tensions between memory and the present; and the self in relation to our sense of place. Participating artists meet in the crafting of a photographic language that reflects the syncretic nature of being in the 21st century, here and elsewhere.”

Oliver Enwonwu is founder and Editor-in-Chief of Omenka magazine, Director, Omenka Gallery and Chief Executive, Revilo. He holds a first degree in Biochemistry, advanced diploma in Exploration Geophysics (distinction), Post Graduate Diplomas in Applied Geophysics and Visual Art (distinction) and a Masters in Art History, all from the University of Lagos. He is the founder, Executive Director, and trustee of The Ben Enwonwu Foundation. He also sits on the board of several organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Nigeria and the Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria. Enwonwu is also president of both the Society of Nigerian Artists and the Alliance of Nigerian Art Galleries.

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