Transparent by Isaac Emokpae
Dec
3
to Jan 7

Transparent by Isaac Emokpae

We are excited to announce that our last exhibition of the year, TRANSPARENT, a solo showing of recent works by Isaac Emokpae will open on Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017 at 4 pm. 

The exhibition will feature stained glass pieces, and never-before-seen works paying homage to the fatherly figures- both earthly and divine- who have played significant roles and spurred the artist on his creative journey.

Isaac Emokpae is a contemporary Nigerian Visual artist and photographer. His works, varying in stained glass pieces and acrylic painting dwells primarily on themes and principle of duality.

This exhibition has been graciously supported by northcourt

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Nihin-Lohun (Here and There)
Aug
13
to Aug 27

Nihin-Lohun (Here and There)

An art exhibition of abstract paintings by Nigerian visual artist, Monsur Awotunde.
The artist has collected his observations from his migratory experience from several spaces- both home and abroad. In this abstract expressions, we find visual representation of ideas on the sociological effects of being in an unfamiliar space and the ambivalent experience of moving back home.
The exhibition will take an artistic perspective by use of colours and strokes to visualize socio-political lines, identity confirmed by individuals in certain spaces, and the feeling invoked by temporal and homely spaces.

Monsur Awotunde is a visual art and communications practitioner. His initial art and design apprenticeship training was under Shamseen Adagunduro and Olusesan Adebayo in Lagos before proceeding to academically train at The Polytechnic Ibadan in Ara studio under the versatile Mufu Onifade. He also studied at the Auchi School of Art in Nigeria and University of Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom.
His works have been selected in solo and group shows locally and abroad.  
He currently teaches drawing and painting at the School of Art and Design, Kogi State Polytechnic , Lokoja.

 

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AYOOLA by Ayoola Omogbolahan
Jun
11
to Jul 9

AYOOLA by Ayoola Omogbolahan

We are delighted to announce our next and eponymously-titled exhibition AYOOLA by Prolific Visual Artist – Ayoola Omogbolahan

AYOOLA, in his very first solo of his 20-year career, presents the exhibition as a tri-partite experience of works bordering around Abstract Landscape, Abstract Figuration, and Human Anthropology.

Each creation although differing stylistically from another consistently holds one’s sense of wonder - an admiration that whets the expectations of the audience. The exhibition is a visceral look from the artist’s point of view into mundane aspects of life and living, not often explored but worthy of being engaged with.

Ayoola Gbolahan is a gifted and prolific visual artist based in Lagos, Nigeria. He received his education in Fine Art from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. Following his education, Ayoola completed a residency with renowned Nigerian painter, Tola Wewe.

His works have been included in solo and group shows locally and abroad. He is also the recipient of numerous awards and various reputable mentions. 

The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, June 11th, 2017 by 4 pm and runs until July 9th, 2017.

 

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And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth by Eloghosa Osunde
May
7
to Jun 4

And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth by Eloghosa Osunde

Opening on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 is the first solo exhibition by photographer Eloghosa Osunde titled: AND NOW WE HAVE ENTERED BROKEN EARTH. 

The series explores the varying degrees of intimacy and loneliness within familial relationships using nature-inspired imagery to shape a photo-story about intergenerational cycles, internal inheritances, and resemblances. The visual story also juxtaposes themes of addiction, mental illness, spiritual resistance, and surrender.

Eloghosa Osunde is a writer and photographer whose work is rooted in the documentation and exploration of grief, trauma, loss and love in human relationships. Her first photo exhibition "Woman in Bloom" took place in Lagos in September 2015. Her work at the exhibit featured stark monochrome images and free verse poetry. In January 2016, she was selected as a 'Rele Art Foundation Young Contemporary' where she exhibited a new photo series 'Obalende: The King Pursued Us Here', a story on internal displacement, told using digitally manipulated photography on canvas. 

In May 2016, she was one of eight invited artists who traveled with Invisible Borders (as a photographer and writer) for a TransNational road trip documenting modern day Nigerian realities.

And Now We Have Entered Broken Earth will run until June 4th, 2017

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The Atlantic Triangle by Goethe Institute
Apr
1
to Apr 23

The Atlantic Triangle by Goethe Institute

This exhibition is located right in the middle of what’s known as the Brazilian Quarter, district reminiscent of the old towns in Rio de Janeiro or Salvador-Bahia, which was constructed in the 19th century by a group known as the Retornados, i.e. former slaves who had returned from Brazil and would soon become part of the city elite and continue to bear Portuguese names to this day.

To the Retornados, called Amarôs or Agudas in the Yoruba language, Africa represented a promise – the promise of a return of history and of mercy. Their origins lay not behind them, rather before them. Constructions by Brazilian master-builders such as Water House, Ebun House or the Shitta Bey Mosque and other landmarks in old Lagos now scarred by the ravages of time, clearly cling to a past that is in danger of being swept away by the megalopolis and its 22 million inhabitants.

On the far side of the Atlantic, in Rio de Janeiro, construction work for the Olympic Games unearthed the foundations of the former slave market at Cais do Valongo, where more than one million slaves were sold between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Brazilian Quarter of Lagos and the old slave market in Rio form the axis known in English as the Black Atlantic, a complex tapestry of centuries-old political, economic and cultural components on both sides of the ocean, stretching from Rio de la Plata to New York and from Dakar to Cape Town. Strictly speaking, this geographic area should also include Europe, which established the slave trade and profited handsomely from this transatlantic triangle.

In cultural terms, the Black Atlantic and its diaspora were without doubt extremely productive for they forged a colossal process of creolization, which led to intense exchanges of and between religions, languages, technologies and the arts. The exhibition is less about the historical reconstruction of the conditions of exploitation than a contemporary and timely configuration of the cultural dynamic and interdependence within this delicately balanced triangle.

The exhibition is part of a larger project which includes shows at Saracura Art Space (Rio de Janeiro) as well as the 11th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre (Brazil) in April, 2018.

Artists
Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Nigeria
George Osodi, Nigeria
Karo Akpokiere, Nigeria
Ndidi Dike, Nigeria
Andréas Lang, Germany
Mario Pfeifer, Germany
Iris Buchholz Chocolate, Germany-Angola
Arjan Martins, Brazil
Dalton Paula, Brazil
Vivian Caccuri, Brazil
Jaime Lauriano, Brazil
And selected works of traditional Nigerian sculpture from the Femi Akinsanya collection, Lagos.

Curators: Alfons Hug and Paula Borghi

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HerStory
Feb
26
to Mar 24

HerStory

Rele is dedicated to telling relevant stories through art.

Undoubtedly, no story is as enduring, as increasingly urgent as that of femininity. This is clearly demonstrated in the global movement, the International Women’s Day designed to not only amplify and advance the female cause but draw attention to same. Of course, as we all know change is not a marathon. It is a sprint. This theme of this year’s day however asks us to #BeBoldForChange.

Heeding this call of courage, even though we know the road ahead is still long, Rele is pleased to announce HER STORY, an all-female exhibition exploring the female experience in its different shades and complexity.  

We seek to celebrate femininity and its place in today’s world; its joys, victories and losses. We also seek to shine a light on issues oft-ignored or not given the robust audience they deserve, as directly pertaining to women.

Showing in this all-women exhibition is a diverse collection of evocative artists who have looked inward, put brush to canvas to tell layered stories as led by inspiration and their unique experiences, observations.

The exhibition is led by a special feature from accomplished artist, Ngozi Schommers. She is not alone.

Also lending their voices to the cause are: Ayobola Kekere-Ekun, Oluchi Zọtam, Queen Nwaneri, Buki M. Animashaun, and Haneefah Adam.

Ayobola, through a series of female portraits, seeks to explore the construct of culture in relation to how women navigate the patriarchal space in Nigeria. Her Cultural Dysmorphia series feature portraits veiled and blinded which is a visual allegory to the ‘eyes wide shut’ approach to the social and cultural problems of the society. These pieces draw on a range of experiences personal to the artist, from sexual harassment, to the vilification of female sexuality.

Oluchi is telling a story of beauty. As a lover of nature, she has intertwined the long accepted connection between women and nature. Not so much in the labels that have been placed on it over the years and become widely accepted by society, but in the obscure and different angles in which she finds subtle meaning.

Queen presents a statement for the girl child. Through her pieces, I Can Think; I Can Be; I am a Woman; and  Listen, she speaks to events that surround the girl-child currently, most paramount of which are her rights to education and marriage. By extension, the works interrogate salient societal issues relegating women in our society. Her work here is a protest that contemplates how the woman can assert herself and obtain her rights in the society without any label coloration.

Buki’s story as a woman begins and ends with this label. A label that tends towards what is familiar; to signify a universal understanding of an entity is to label it. However, often, the lines between this begins to fade and definitions evolve faster than you can assign another. Her Black Hearted series produced through abstract contemporary language is liberation from societal labels and familiarity.

Haneefah working with mixed media will be taking the observer through a journey of self-discovery, the pursuit of passion, questioning stereotypes and breaking free to immerse herself in expression without a leash.

The conversations these women will start are not only necessary for archival purposes but for awareness and inspiration for progression.

The exhibition will open on the 26th of February. It will be our utmost delight that you join us in this conversation and be inspired by these stories.

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Young Contemporaries 2017
Jan
15
to Feb 12

Young Contemporaries 2017

The Rele Arts Foundation (RAF) is pleased to announce the sophomore edition of the Young Contemporaries. Young Contemporaries is an artistic initiative that identifies, promotes and, mentors young visual artists; giving them the tools to succeed critically and commercially in the global art marketplace.

Five bright, and promising young artists working in diverse mediums with varying degrees of skills and techniques have been selected and highlighted as the one’s to watch out for in 2017. Themes in this year’s works include; feminism, cultural and self-identity, racial boundaries, and duality of human nature. The resulting exhibition is an indication of a younger generation contributing their artistic voice to societal issues. 

Rewa, 29, a self-taught artist; commits to paper all the things it means to be an urban nomad; disconnected from your starting destination but not quite at home in new location. Her Travellers series is a triptych representation of moving through societal, racial and cultural boundaries.

Ezekiel, 24, a painter; has chosen the use of colors in adaptation of the Fauvism and naturalism movement; he will be exploring how man is shaped and influenced by his environment.

Marcellina, 27, is a mixed media artist, a mother to a woman-in- progress; she urges you to look at her works and contribute to the conversation on how to make the world a better place for generations of women to come.

Oladimeji, 26, is the only photographer in the group and will be using his lens as a map to navigate the duality of human nature and the hard questions surrounding the creation story

Sejiro, 26, the most conceptual and experimental of the group. His series “Physiognomical Distinction” will question the act of predicting or judging a person's character and personality by mare looking at the outward appearance

With support from the Rele Arts Foundation, each one of the 2017 selected artists were awarded a grant to produce the body of work that will make up the exhibition.

The #YoungContemporaries2017 exhibition will open to the public on Sunday, January 15th, 2017 -  3pm at Rele Gallery (5 Military Street, Onikan Lagos).

We hope you can join us!

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Open Secrets by Sam Ebohon
Nov
27
to Dec 23

Open Secrets by Sam Ebohon

Just like most things in life that are obvious but still perceived as secrets, or shrouded in secrecy. These works though seem to show the subject matter are layered within.

The artist seems to be playing a high-level hide and seek with his known style. The works tease the visual senses, a foreplay of some sort before the subject matter appear. This is not far from a traditional masquerade dance or a mask ball dance where the duality of known and unknown entangle to heighten mysticism and enjoyment. 

Sam Ebohon's stroke are almost feathery yet visceral and strong enough to carry his message in these new body of works.

It's our final show of the year. 

We hope you can make it out!

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The Adorned Series by ASIKO
Oct
23
to Nov 20

The Adorned Series by ASIKO

Rele Gallery is delighted to announce its next exhibition The Adorned Series by U.K based Nigerian photographer – Ade Asiko. Asiko’s work navigates and places at the fore the intertwined relationship between beauty, perception, and self-confidence. He directs, explores and experiences issues pertaining to culture, identity, and femininity

 The “Adorned” series was borne out of his personal experiences and observations growing up as a child. Asiko places women at a point of strength and admiration, with elegant poses and intricately crafted jewelries; void of any societal barriers and discriminations. As expected, his characters in these series are beautiful, gracious and undeniably compelling. The dichotomy is apparent, on one hand there’s the notion of a strive to perfection; on the other hand, there’s the societal discourse on the pressure to look a certain way. Either way, the works open up the conversation.

Asiko is a self-taught photographer, his works have been featured in group exhibitions at Truman Brewery, Gallery of African Art and the Brunei Gallery in London. This is his first solo exhibition.

The exhibition will open on October 23rd and run through November 20th, 2016

 

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Selense by Ibe Ananaba
Sep
4
to Sep 25

Selense by Ibe Ananaba

September is soon upon us. For you, we plan to make it one to remember with our offering of a marquee exhibition and presentation. 

Presenting SELENSE by visual artist & illustrator, IBE ANANABA.

SELENSE is a unique portrait of what it means to dress up Nigerian. Quite literally, it means to show off. 

It freezes our trademark flamboyance, style, decadence in oils, acrylic on canvas while at the same time referencing the problems not only in which we perform our extravagance, but the problems the latter itself causes. 

The artist has found inspiration in popular Nigerian characters: bridges, fuel shortages, runways to create works that are at once familiar and thought-provoking. He considers them with the eye of a designer himself. There have been Nigerian fashion collections inspired by architecture. There have been collections inspired by formal wear of governmental agencies. There have been collections inspired by street style. Now there is an exhibition, inspired by them all.

The exhibition overall, is an intrinsic look from the artist’s point of view into both the seen and unseen stylish aspects of our everyday lives.

You are cordially invited to be in vogue

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Visitors by Austin Uzor
Jul
3
to Jul 31

Visitors by Austin Uzor

For every artist, from Picasso to Ehikhamenor, this is how it all started. A crayon, a pencil, a ball point pen, an exercise book, a dedicated jotter, a sketch pad and plenty ideas, form, shapes, shades, pattern in between.

Curiously, Drawing, this open door to all other wonderful forms of creativity has in recent time gone unacknowledged and uncelebrated bar the works of a few who still carry the torch. 

Lighting a fire for it anew, in our new exhibition, VISITORS opening this Sunday, July 3rd is visual artist, Austin Uzor. Exclusively working with the medium of the ballpoint pen, the artist often using human faces explores various relevant subjects that plague us as a people in this present day, from war and conflict to materialism. 

Drawing is making a comeback. It is the fire this time. Yesterday, will begin on Sunday.

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What's Cooking
May
15
to Jun 10

What's Cooking

'What's Cooking', is a culinary art photography exhibition powered by Samsung Mobile Nigeria.

The exhibition shows a merger of creative worlds featuring photographers: Kelechi Amadi-Obi, Ade Asiko Okelarin and culinary artists: Tiyan Alile, Ozoz Sokoh and Dunni Obata.

Of all the components of our thriving culture, food is one of the most colourful and vibrant, rich in social political context, can be used as a mark of identity or in our case ethnicity...

Yet for all its value, it's one of the least documented parts of our said culture, it's use as an art form, largely unexplored...

Until now. On this scale.

We hope you will come with an open mind

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Rele Mentorship March - Adenrele Sonariwo
Mar
31
11:00 AM11:00

Rele Mentorship March - Adenrele Sonariwo

In the fourth and final installment of #ReleMentorshipMarch, our month-long series in honour of International Women's Day, Women's History Month and our #PledgeForParity, providing marketable skills to young women to help achieve their ambitions... we are all about taking the work in your head and leveraging it into the work of your hands!

Talent and creativity may be equally shared but we know opportunity and access to said opportunity definitely isn't and this is where we are coming in.

This session will be led by our very own Adenrele Sonariwo who - almost a decade ago - made a leap from a corporate accounting career in one of the world's most prestigious professional services firms, PricewaterhouseCoopers to make a career in the arts, the product of which is rele and by which you are receiving this very email!

So she will be sharing immediately applicable, practical steps, ideas on how to lead a career in the arts as she has done, what to expect, what to prepare for, what to build capacity in, and how to do so, amongst many others.

So you see you can let your boss go and start a rewarding, fulfilling and profitable creative journey or you could scale up your idea into the next big thing - its yours to choose. We can help you make the decision.

Sessions are FREE to atten

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Rele Mentorship March - Bisi Silva
Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

Rele Mentorship March - Bisi Silva

For fully practicing, mid-career visual artists, BISI SILVA will be sharing how they can develop a body of work towards a successful career, how they can engage with their work / chosen subject matter, how to find their artistic voice, in a manner that is globally relevant.

The Bisi Silva session will be holding in the gallery from 3 - 5PM

Sessions are FREE to attend

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Rele Mentorship March  - Peju Alatishe
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Rele Mentorship March - Peju Alatishe

For aspiring female visual artists, PEJU ALATISE will be, in her own studio, sharing her life & career experiences, teaching what it takes to be a successful artist while being female, how to navigate an art industry that is not necessarily favorable to women...

Peju Alatise's session will be holding from 11- 1PM in her studio (address will be shared to attendee)

Sessions are FREE to attend

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Rele Mentorship March - Wana Udobang
Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

Rele Mentorship March - Wana Udobang

This is a class specially designed for women of the written word. If you're a writer, journalist, blogger, PR or communications executive, then you know that INTERVIEWING, talking to other people, asking the RIGHT QUESTIONS and turning information provided creatively is what drives your work and success.

Learn how to do it BEST, with one of the best, Wana Udobang who has written and interviewed for the likes of Al Jazeera, NEXT, BBC World Service, Huffington Post.

Sessions are FREE to attend

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Rele Mentorship March - Afua Osei
Mar
10
11:00 AM11:00

Rele Mentorship March - Afua Osei

We are proud to announce MENTORSHIP MARCH (#ReleMentorshipMarch), a month-long, FREE mentorship class & workshop series that will be taught by high-flying experts from the fields of tech, business and arts, providing marketable skills to FEMALE creatives to help them further their ambitions.

The very first one will hold THIS THURSDAY (March 10th, 2016) to be taught by AFUA OSEI, Co-founder, SHE LEADS AFRICA, the leading incubator on the continent for women looking to build successful careers and businesses. Afua Osei will be teaching attendees, young female entrepreneurs this Friday how to successfully pitch their businesses to possible partners, collaborators and investors.

Sessions are FREE to attend

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Mar
1
to Mar 31

Women's Month Art Exhibition

On March 8th, the world will celebrate International Women's Day and a call will be advanced, a pledge for parity in promoting the lot of women in every sphere. We are passionate about promoting not only women in the arts but female narratives as well in the creation of said art.

To this end, in partnership with Art Forum Africa; we will be holding Mentorship classes for women in the arts all through the month of March to be taught by women who have excelled in their respective fields.

The month will epitomize in its entirety by artwork which was created by a female or has a feminine narrative.

Featured Artists – Polly Alakija, Anthea Epelle, Adeola Olagunji, Jumoke Sanwo, Tyna Adebowale, Jenevieve Aken, Ngozi Schommers, and many others. 

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We Are Not Welcome Here by Ngozi Schommers
Feb
7
to Feb 28

We Are Not Welcome Here by Ngozi Schommers

It’s often said that art must reflect the times it exists in, the reality surrounding it, which inspires its creation.

At the moment, globally, no reality is more urgent, frustrating and ultimately, heart-breaking; as migration, abandonment and displacement and subsequently – hopefully- integration, acceptance by strangers.

As bombs drop on innocence: mothers, daughters, sons; livelihoods reduced to torched bricks and sand; families, maimed, broken and killed; those who survive must journey westward, anywhere but home, to escape what has now become their daily reality.

It is this trying time in history which remains present till today that continues to stretch what we regard as evil, and what tolerance truly means is what mixed media artist, Ngozi Schommers captures in her body of work, “We Are Not Welcome Here”

In her series, she strings together / represents lives of millions of refugees, displaced persons using fragments of other materials, of other creative endeavour: figures, paintings, drawings and photographs. She preoccupies herself with these diverse materials, reminiscent perhaps of the legion, different, social, economic, political circumstances, decisions, actions that have given birth to this global crisis we have on our hands. Curator, Jude Anogwih says of her work, “She is a material girl! Her influences are multiple but mainly experiential and existential encounters and factors such as aftermaths and retrospections.

The artist has witnessed what she has now expressed with confetti, inject photo print, acrylic marker having recently moved to Germany, notably the one European country that has been most accepting of refugees,

’This time Europe doesn’t look so much as land of hope and opportunities. I see people go through waste bins, so many street beggars. People displaced in a land where no one really wants them; in a land where the culture and language is strange to them…”

We are proud to be associated with and to bring forward this artist’s important, necessary statement / work at this most opportune time. Daily, Nigerians and Africans are wilfully, understandably dislocating themselves from home, risking their lives, across violent seas, for a life that would be hopefully without risk, without costs of poverty, bad governance, war, hunger, and so on. They do so knowing they possibly face rejection, being turned away.

They do so still.

We do hope these works will inspire introspection.

As Warsan Shire says, “no one puts their child on water, unless it is safer than land…” 

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Jan
10
to Jan 29

Rele Presents THE 2016 YOUNG CONTEMPORARIES

In line with our aim to trigger a newfound appreciation for the arts and help nurture a new generation of visual artists, we have in the past year been observing, collecting and supporting young talents whom we believe have the right balance of potential, work ethic and drive to occupy a new roster of accomplished artists in the future.

Believing that the time is nigh for their artistic voice to be amplified and boldly predicting that they will be ones to watch out for and to shake up the art establishment in the nearest feature, we proudly presents these artists anew to the world in an introductory exhibition.

The exhibition features Logor Oluwamuyiwa, Dipo Doherty, Yadichinma Ukoha-Kalu, Eloghosa Osunde and Ayobola Kekere-Ekun.

Each artist possesses a unique voice, eye and message and have created conversational work that addresses urgent, topical issues, showing that contrary to popular opinion, the young (and yes, the artistic ones) show a commitment to engage the space around them and contribute to pressing matters arising.

We hope you can join us. 

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"Tamba" by Tayo Quaye
Dec
6
to Dec 31

"Tamba" by Tayo Quaye

Internationally acclaimed. Collected by the Smithsonian Institution. Showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum, United Kingdom. Three decades of creating envelope-pushing, engaging work. A grand return to the oil / acrylic medium. 
 

Tayo Tekovi Quaye

This is how we're ending our year. 

Showing at the gallery this December, OPEN from December 6th and CLOSING our exhibition calendar of 2015 is 'The Tamba Series' by this legendary artist! 

We can't wait for you to see it!

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Watch Yourself - David Dale Gallery X Video Art Network Lagos
Nov
2
to Nov 9

Watch Yourself - David Dale Gallery X Video Art Network Lagos

David Dale Gallery, in partnership with Video Art Network Lagos, are delighted to present Watch Yourself, a multi-channel video installation of work by UK based artists Rachel Maclean, Jack Saunders, Dominic Watson & Zoe Williams. Presented as part of the British Council’s UK/ Nigeria 2015-16 season,Watch Yourself is the second in a series of collaborations between David Dale Gallery and Video Art Network Lagos.

The organisations first collaborated when David Dale Gallery invited Video Art Network Lagos, alongside five other international organisations, to participate in International Artist Initiated, a project devised as part of Festival 2014, the cultural programme of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Working with artist initiated, or focussed, organisations from across the six Commonwealth territories, the programme consisted of a series of exhibitions and events by the invited organisations that responded to either the context of the Commonwealth Games within Glasgow, or was representative or indicative of contemporary culture within their nation through the lens of an artist-led organisation. Taking place over multiple venues in Glasgow’s east end, International Artist Initiatedincorporated visual art exhibitions, public art, events, performance and publications as a celebration of the diversity of self-organised cultural practice internationally.

Video Art Network Lagos’ contribution was titled Owambe, a colloquial expression for a party where the who-is-who in the Nigerian society are in attendance. Watch Yourself is developed as a sequel to the project’s initial iteration in Glasgow, and is presented in similar terms as a glimpse of contemporary culture within UK and artists’ representations of this. The exhibition brings together artists working within culture directed by the online totality of media. Characterised by the hyper – personal, subjective, seductive or aesthetic – the artists work within forms now defined by the multiplicity of online video production, and the half truths jostling for attention that the commodification of moving image has necessitated. Merging humour, vanity and seduction, an undercurrent of dark anxiety permeates all the works, questioning the depth of a surface orientated culture.

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Interactions: Crossing Lines by Soji Adesina and Uthman Wahab
Sep
1
to Sep 27

Interactions: Crossing Lines by Soji Adesina and Uthman Wahab

#TechMeetsArt as SAMSUNG and RELE GALLERY collaborate on innovative art exhibition and art competition. Tech company Samsung and contemporary art destination, Rele Gallery have announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration featuring an art competition and an art exhibition, a meeting of the worlds of technology and art.

The exhibition themed, ‘Interactions: Crossing Lines’ is led by the powerful visual artist duo of Soji Adesina and Uthman Wahaab. The body of work, to be presented, seeks to deconstruct the concept of how drawings interact with the gallery space. The drawings will be rendered to exceed the boundaries of drawing surfaces, (paper & canvass) travelling onto the walls of the gallery and into digital spaces – Samsung tablet devices.

This innovative exhibition will mark a milestone for the tech and art industry in Nigeria, as this would be the very first time that interactions between both spaces would happen on such a large scale. This synergy already exists in other parts of the world with museums from New York to Venice engaging art work with tech devices.

Now, Nigeria is catching up to the trend, thanks to Samsung and Rele Gallery. Samsung, with its devices and Rele Gallery, in the art it showcases, are both committed to creative disruptions, initiatives and projects that engage people, change the way we see, think – and this collaboration is one of such.

Running alongside the exhibition will be an art competition where participants are required to submit an art work (drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, video art & mixed media work) that fits into the aforementioned theme, as illustrated by the work of artist duo Soji Adesina and Uthman Wahaab.

Reputable art industry leaders will judge the competition based on the following criteria:

Originality (must be an original work by the artist submitting)

Creativity (if the art fits into theme and if the artist thought outside the box)

Technicality (artistic skills will be assessed)

The exhibition opens to the public, at the gallery, 5 Military Street, Onikan Lagos from September 1st 2015 to September 13th. During this period competition entries can be viewed on Samsung devices at the gallery.

The competition ends on the September 9th 2015.

*Terms and Conditions Apply

There will be a closing ceremony for the exhibition on September 13th 2015 on which day top 3 winners of the competition, selected based on both social media and judges’ votes, will receive prizes.


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Rele Presents: Reading & Interactions - An Evening with Toni Kan & Victor Ehikhamenor
Aug
9
4:00 PM16:00

Rele Presents: Reading & Interactions - An Evening with Toni Kan & Victor Ehikhamenor

Rele gallery is pleased to announce its first reading, featuring award winning writer, poet and journalist, Toni Kan reading alongside, award winning artist, photographer and writer, Victor Ehikhamenor on Sunday August 9, 2015.

Guests would be treated to usually tragic and often risque pieces from Toni Kan as well as rib-cracking and deeply reflective pieces from Victor Ehikhamenor as they read from old works like “Nights of the Creaking Bed” and “Excuse Me” as well as from new and unpublished works.

In a statement announcing the event, Adenrele Sonariwo who runs Rele gallery, said “Toni and Victor are very recognizable as a tag team by the Lagos literary and artistic community but this is the first time the two friends will be reading together even though they collaborated on an art exhibition two years ago, which we were privileged to have curated. The reading will provide guests a handle on their works as well as a unique window into their creative processes in an open and highly interactive space.”

Toni Kan who publishes sabinews.com is the author of Nights of the Creaking Bed, When A Dream Lingers too long and Ballad of Rage while Victor Ehikhamenor is the author of Sordid Ritual, Excuse Me and a well traveled and garlanded artist.

Early birds and winners of a raffle draw will receive posters and signed artwork featuring words and art from Toni Kan and Victor Ehikhamenor.

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Pieces of Me: An Exhibition by Joe Amenechi
Jun
27
to Jul 25

Pieces of Me: An Exhibition by Joe Amenechi

Pieces of Me, is an exhibition of works by internationally renowned Artist Joe Amenechi spanning over a period of years that encompasses several of his artistic expressions, in their various media and with their varying themes. The works will take the viewer on a journey through the workings of Amenechi’s mind; the simplicity of themes sometimes conveyed through the complexities and convoluted nature of his thought process.

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STRIP: An Exhibition on the Human Form
May
17
to Jun 7

STRIP: An Exhibition on the Human Form

The body. It is the first thing we encounter, even before the human being. The base before everything else is formed. But is the body just simply what it is? Or is it so much more? 

For centuries, the body has been a source of fantasy, obsession, liberation, struggle, oppression, voyeurism, politics, shame, commoditisation and of course a reference point to reality. Artists have long preoccupied themselves with documenting this endless source of expression, a reflection of an enduring time where we as a people are equally obsessed. On the intimate, familiar terrain of the body, we have made discoveries, ascertained self-worth...but these are usually regarded as personal journeys, to be spoken of in hushed tones. 

In this exhibition ‘STRIP’ we showcase a collection of nudes in varying degrees by painters and photographers and we seek to amplify the body of conversation. 

The purpose here is to strip bare, rediscover and reopen the discourse around the human form; to provoke keen engagement, investigation of anatomical information; to deconstruct myths and truths of power, shame, freedom, beauty (and more)- the different shades of attendant feelings that accompany an encounter with a naked body. 

We strongly encourage you to approach these works stripped of the caution of modesty but clothed with the courage of an open mind. 

Wana Udobang & Ayodeji Rotinwa
Curators. 

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Talk: Limitations to Exploring Photography Off The Streets. Friday April 17th, 2015 - 6:30p.m
Apr
17
6:30 PM18:30

Talk: Limitations to Exploring Photography Off The Streets. Friday April 17th, 2015 - 6:30p.m

This panel discussion, organised to round up the ongoing Lagos: Hustle and Hope exhibition, will explore the dearth of creation, documentation and exposition of photographic works that go beyond the obvious everyday images on the streets to reveal the lives and work of people off the streets.

The panelists are: visual artist Uche Okpa-Iroha, photographer Abraham Oghobase and photographer/curator Yagazie Emezi.

Currently showing at Rele Gallery is the ‘Lagos: Hustle and Hope’ exhibition which features photographs that capture the dynamic nature of Lagos and reflect the hustle that characterizes its aspirational residents and their hope for a better future.

In putting together the exhibition, one of those challenges that curator Adebola Rayo faced was getting images that go beyond the streets to reveal all facets of Lagos life, not just the lives of the underprivileged – for example, the everyday life and work of Lagosians off the streets and aspects of Lagos life like the owambe parties etc.

One shocking discovery was that most works that would have helped in presenting a better rounded reflection of Lagos were commissioned and could not be shown outside their primary purpose. Another was that the photographers that go beyond the surface are few and far in-between or foreigners who came looking for the extra-ordinary in ordinary lives.

At Rele, we reasoned that it was necessary to have experts in the field share their thoughts, experiences and recommendations on the subject.

Join us as we discuss the limitations, how they can be overcome, and how an exploration of more than just the outside aspect of Nigerian life can help in creating a better-rounded reflection of the country, its people and their lives.

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