On Sunday, 7th May, Rele visitors witnessed the debut solo exhibition of the photo-based artist, Eloghosa Osunde in ‘ And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth.’ In Eloghosa’s photo-story exhibition, the artist coalesced multi-layered themes and conversations with its pivot on familial relationships. These matters are bared on the canvass, visual representations reflecting different degrees of intimacies in familial representations-how far or close the subjects in the photographs decide to stay together for the one who is watching. They reflect the nuanced bonds of love and how differently they are expressed.
In its movement along relationships, another story is brought to light. In free verse lines, Eloghosa writes, “Once upon a time, there was our family tree. The rot began at the root. Its roots spread and broke the earth.” All of these drawing our attention to the inheritance of brokenness and settling of materials from the ones before us. Even before we knew, we had been born fractured for “How do you resist your own blood?”
As a photograph is said to reveal a lot, for one who is keen to see, we find varying degrees to which loneliness- as in aloneness- has seeped and settled into a man. The artist draws significance to many other things that are passed to one another as internal inheritances. These deposits, be it addiction or mental illness do not stay just temporarily- as a visitor would, but journey as far as the blood which is the tangible material that is passed down to the offspring.
The exhibition, also entitled ‘Anwhebe’ is an exploration of this intergenerational complexity and the power of the people who raised us; how this power extends to shaping who and how we are. She interrogates the truth of this, “Raise your hand if you raised yourself”, she justifies the realness “Everything is borrowed”, as we were not made exactly bare.
The eerie manipulation of the photograph situates a mood, a tone that rings the idea that familial histories have the ability to haunt us in the present. The photographs carry a disconcerting tone that reflects the disturbing manifestation of familial reflection in our own selves. It is an evocation about the dreariness of the matter but also a nudge for redemption as she lodges an affirmation-“Watch. We are going to remake ourselves. We ran out of our broken bodies and back into our spirits. Back to God.”
Anwhebe is open till the 4th of June 2017. It will be our delight to have you join in this experience. See photos from the opening in the slideshow below.