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Exhibitions

She Was Not Dreaming by Marcellina Akpojotor
Oct
28
to Dec 30

She Was Not Dreaming by Marcellina Akpojotor

LOCATION: Rele Gallery - 5 Military Street, Onikan, Lagos

Rele Gallery is proud to present “She Was Not Dreaming” by Marcellina Akpojotor - a generational story of timeless ambition and the living legacies of one woman who saw into the future.

The body of work in the exhibition is made up of 2 parts. First, a chronological account of a family's journey to fulfillment of this woman's radical vision. The second part is an ode to the countless number of women who are being empowered all around the world, just as this woman sought to do with her family.

We hope you can join us for the opening.

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Oct
27
to Nov 30

Reverence of Thoughts by Rom Isichei

LOCATION: Rele Gallery - 45 Bishop Oluwole Street, V.I. Lagos

Rele Gallery is delighted to present “Reverence of Thoughts”, the 11th solo exhibition of multi-disciplinary artist ROM Isichei - one of the leading lights of contemporary art in Nigeria. The exhibition title alludes to the notion of representation, using portraits as a mirror in which the viewer might see their thoughts become form, that which is distant now at once, intimate. The collection of portraits highlights varied physical and emotional features that spark a familiar connection.

With an artistic career spanning two decades, ROM has over the years established himself as a prolific artist, organizing a solo exhibition once every two years. These exhibitions usually feature an array of works in multiple mediums showcasing his versatility. His last solo exhibition “Someday is Today” combined drawings on paper with mixed media work (paintings and metal collages).  In convincing ROM to present the unexpected - an exhibition made up entirely of large scale paintings in one medium, the results are startling. Although the human subject continues to be the focus of his works, his approach continues to deepen and expand.

Each human subject has been rendered in ROM’s self-coined “Grains of Dust” technique, an intricate layering process involving saw dust and acrylic. This technique has since evolved from the first time he experimented with the medium in 2003. In the beginning the process was a lot simpler with 2-3 layers of dust, in the current body of work, the layering process has gained greater intensity, with each painting achieving a 3-dimensional quality. Typically, ROM creates from an initial sketch. The finished work is an impressive departure from the sketch. It is hardly anything like the sketch which merely served as a guide. To watch ROM create is to encounter a meticulous, extremely patient artist. What else can one expect of an artist of his caliber but a mature body of work; minimal yet expressive, imposing yet inviting.

The large-scale paintings comprising “Reverence of Thoughts” present intimate portraits etched with the idiosyncrasies of the society we live in. ROM indexes narratives of innocence and abuse in the granular faces of human subjects that he has gathered on the various canvases. Full of expressions and more pronounced in some of the canvases, the faces narrate viscerally. In other canvases, the expressions are more modulated and task our imaginations to draw out those stories. These are stories we are daily inundated with – child abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, among others. Children are stripped of innocence. They become young adults because of what is foisted on them by society. Yet, many of these kids retain a stolid innocence, braving all odds as some of the portraits attest to. As viewers, we can feel the palpable emotions of the represented human subjects. The characters are recognizable to us. We see them every day on the streets -- from Lagos, Cairo, Aleppo, Caracas to New Delhi.  ROM succeeds in crafting a universal story.

For us at Rele Gallery, our commitment to organizing exhibitions and presenting works that capture the pulse of society remains ever resolute.  The entire body of work assembled in the exhibition is an excellent and powerful reminder of our role as a public space and as an incorrigible purveyor of human stories.

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Interactions with May Okafor, Patrick Akpojotor and Obinna Okerekeocha
Sep
23
to Oct 14

Interactions with May Okafor, Patrick Akpojotor and Obinna Okerekeocha

Rele Gallery is delighted to present “IN-TER-AC-TIONS” a follow up to our interactive exhibition series which started in 2016 with artists Soji Adesina and Uthman Wahab. This 2nd edition features the unconventional, dynamic works of 3 artists - May Okafor, Patrick Akpojotor and Obinna Okerekeocha. With “IN-TER-AC-TIONS”, our aim is to continue to offer a fresh perspective on how art can be perceived and engaged with, and to deconstruct the concept of how art can interact with a space. Each artist, with their distinctive techniques and mediums, Okafor with ceramics, Patrick with an installation and Obinna with video art/photography address pertinent contemporary issues of migration, urban development and globalization.  

With The Vignettes of a New Reality, Obinna Okerekeocha leverages high-impact video imagery complimented with sound. The word ‘vignette’ is used in the title because the stories come in little, evocative episodes with different messages and executions. Using digitally generated rudiments as compositional parts, Okerekeocha communicates untold modern stories.
Obinna Okerekeocha is a multimedia artist, designer, music composer and film maker. He studied Fine and Applied Arts at the Nsukka Art School, University of Nigeria and currently works as the Creative Director at REDTV, a pan African lifestyle and entertainment channel.

Patrick Akpojotor’s installation Developing Cities comprising of vertical abstract sculptures and metallic embellishments such as pipes, discarded automobile parts, and other electronic waste deals with development, urbanization and the complexities of an accruing city. His work surveys newly formed chaotic architectural landscape against former unique built identities.
Akpojotor is an award winning multidisciplinary artist working across painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. He studied fine art at the School of Art and Industrial design, Federal Polytechnic, Auchi and also at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu. He won the Olusegun Obasanjo National Art competition in 2013  and ArtX Prize in 2016. He lives and works as a full time artist in Lagos.

May Okafor’s Rites of Passage rendered with polystyrene and ceramics depicts several dwellings representative of passageways. Her work investigates issues around transience, movement, temporality and permanence, and how these are evident in geographic and socio-political structures instigated by migration.
May is an award-winning studio artist and scholar. She graduated from the Fine and Applied Art Department, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in 2010 and was a prize winner at the African Arts Foundation National Art Competition in 2015. She is currently enrolled in practice-based doctoral studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg, SA.

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When We Are Not What We Are
Jul
8
to Aug 19

When We Are Not What We Are

Rele Gallery is pleased to present Sejiro Avoseh’s first solo exhibition. Comprising of four distinct series, this new body of work are assembled under the title “When We Are Not What We Are”. The exhibition’s title is construed as a metaphor that unravels the performative character of human beings as they respond to social and material conditions brought about by modern life and the society one finds oneself.  However, it also considers Avoseh’s creative approach, the poetics of his forms, and the political nature of the various subject matters he addresses in his oeuvre that are not always apparent to the viewer. 

The various works in this exhibition might be approached as commentaries on human experiences and existential conditions centered on contemporary Nigerian society and informed by the artist’s social background and upbringing.  Whereas some of the works treat biblical subjects such as in the “Enlightening” series, others from the “Physiognomical Distinction” series address larger questions on cultural stereotypes vis-à-vis human relationships and social interactions. Other works from the “Stay with Me” series explore man’s pursuit of meaning through relationships. Yet, works from the “Radio” series is inspired by the mid-century studio portraits of the late Malian photographer Seydou Keita which mirrored how Malians performed modernity. For Avoseh, however, the radio has deeper meaning. It was the main source of information in the neighborhood where he grew up, and in his work, it acts as a metaphor for community and communication.

Like a bird, Avoseh, weaves a nest using various materials and takes us on a journey through his artistic process, his sources of inspiration, and his examination of the human condition.

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Goal Diggers by Andrew Eseibo
May
13
to Jun 17

Goal Diggers by Andrew Eseibo

Rele Gallery is delighted to present “Goal Diggers”, a solo art exhibition by award-winning Nigerian Photojournalist - Andrew Esiebo opening on May 13th, 2018.

“Goal Diggers” draws from the passion Africans possess for the game of football as a metaphor to address deeper emotional issues of love and resilience, as well as subtler environmental issues of urban planning.

Originally conceived as an exploratory project while he undertook other assignments around Africa, the body of work introduces a series of images Esiebo took over the course of 12 years in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. He witnessed the intense nature of the game being played under bridges, along narrow corridors in low income neighborhoods, inside water bodies, and even on dangerous construction sites. Large-scale photographs printed on Hahnemulle Museum Etching paper emphasize Eseibo’s observation of football as a democratic game, cutting across class and gender.

As the world anticipates the start of the World Cup in June of 2018, Esiebo’s exhibition offers a starting point for the conversations and excitement ahead. Goal Diggers will open Sunday May 13th, 2018 - 4pm, at Rele Gallery (5 Military Street, Onikan Lagos) and will run till June 17th, 2018.

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Her Story 2018
Mar
11
to Apr 15

Her Story 2018

As part of Rele's continued commitment to bolster gender inclusion by promoting the feminine cause, HER STORY will present five female artists: Claire Idera, Kingi Kingibe, Yeti Ogun, Blessing Oloye and Sade Adebowale who have taken to telling multi-faceted stories.

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Young Contemporaries 2018
Jan
14
to Feb 25

Young Contemporaries 2018

Rele Arts Foundation is proud to announce the third edition of the Young Contemporaries initiative. The initiative identifies, promotes, and mentors young Nigerian 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 ones to watch out for in 2018. Themes in this year’s works include; sexuality, cultural and self-identity, socio-political commentary, and the bipolarity of human nature. The resulting exhibition is an indication of a younger generation contributing their artistic voice to societal issues.

Yasser, 29, a mixed media artist, takes as inspiration, his wrestle with his multi-cultural heritage. His work brings together the pieces of the different nationalities and cultures.

Samuel, 25, a hyper-realistic artist works mainly with pastel and charcoal. His work highlights the chaos and imbalance in the Nigerian society.

Dandelion, 24, a photographer uses a conceptual approach to offer a fresh perspective on the perceived notions and misconceptions of sexuality in Nigeria.

Habeeb will through medium and large-scale abstract paintings provide commentaries informed by his observation of our socio-political environment.

Abisola, 22, a painter, will use watercolor to showcase a personal documentation of the bi-polar extremes of human nature in relation to living.

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

The #YoungContemporaries2018 exhibition will open on Sunday, January 14th, 2018 and will run through February 25th, 2018

We hope you can join us!

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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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