Art exploring Black Bodies, Grey Matter.
Enjoy this curated review of Art exhibited at Aké Festival 2019 which I was privileged to attend 24th-27th October at Alliance Française|Mike Adenuga Centre, Ikoyi, Lagos.
See; Ameh Kanny’s Solo exhibition, ‘What Lies Beneath’ the Aké exhibition, Body Art & Henna, Functional Art and the Festival Mural.
Solo Exhibition: Ameh Kanny
Selfie by Ameh Kanny
Mosaic Artist, Ameh Kanny debut solo exhibition at Aké. Shot in front of her stall of vibrant Beads Artworks.
I’m super proud of Ameh for finishing in time to exhibit at Aké. I met Ameh at KabaFest and since become close friends. All her pieces are handmade with beads and mixed with some acrylic painting.
‘What Lies Beneath’ an art exhibition curated by Byanyan Jessica Bitrus and Roli Afinotan for Aké Arts and Book Festival 2019. It’s a thought provoking exhibition of 19 works photography by Etinosa Yvonne, Haleem Salaam, Halima Abubakar, Niyi Okeowo (not featured below) based on the festival’s theme, ‘Black Bodies, Grey Matter’. (Culled from Curatorial Statement)
Etinosa Yvonne’s photographs curating experiences of survivors of violence around Nigeria. Uche (Content Creator and my teammate)
Victor Adewale (Photographer) in attendance to support Etinosa. Image sourced from him.
‘In Sight of Self’ Portraits of Uche Uba by Niyi Okeowo. Both images sourced from Fatima.
Hakeem Salaam’s intimate photographs explore Vitiligo.
Halima Abubakar’s fragmented photographs explore scarification through beautifully captured facial marks and tattoos.
Body Art and Henna from Sterling Experience Tent
Kaks (Doctor, Volunteer). Image sourced from her
Henna on Lara’s hand. Image sourced from her
Tamanda, Festival Guest and Contributing Writer in ‘Water Birds on the Lakeshore’ anthology
Temmie Ovwasa, Singer and spoken word poet at Sterling Bank Experience Tent.
Image source: Sterling Bank
How beautiful are these stage chairs made out of Ankara cushioned Ìkòkò onírin. Traditional pots used to cook the famous Naija Party Jollof rice. Little wonder our panel discussions and book chats brought the heat, sweetness and truth. The stool is shaped as a beating drum.
Aké Festival Mural is a collaborative, mixed media artwork by the Artist-in-Residence, Sayo Adetunmobi, and everyone who attends. Within its 4 days, the mural can be designed by anyone under her watchful eye.
Let’s see what the talented Sayo Adetunmobi intially displayed on 24th and the process to our final 27th collaborative piece.
Initial Mural on eve of 24th.
Progress by the 26th.
Final piece on display outside Art Gallery on 27th. A visitor intepreted the lefthand side woman without a nipple is a tribute to breast cancer survivors. This final collaborative embodies how we all see and create space for our black bodies, adorn them, and decorate our resilient minds with affirmations.
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My look embodies the festival theme. Won’t you agree?
Thank you for reading this far.