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.