Yinka Olatunbosun

Today, the paths of Lagos creatives and Corporate Lagos will meet at the Heritage Place at the crossroad at Lugard Avenue and Alfred Rewane Ikoyi where the pop-art exhibition is set for public viewing. That’s the pulse felt at a press briefing organised by Indigo Arya, a brand company wrapped with the umbrella of creative consultancy, visual communication and creative problem-solving.

The show features 18 artists namely Andrew Esiebo, August Udoh, Tom Sateer, Obi Somto, Tolani Alli, Emmanuel Ogabi, Aham Ibeleme, Moses Oghagbon, Dennis Osadebe, Damilola Opedun, Dipo Doherty, Tuni Barlow, Elizabeth Ofili, Collyde Prime, Osa7, Femi Arogundade, Ada Umeofia and Addie Mak. They are bound by the same theme, “Lagos: Living and Working”.
The Creative Director, Itohan Barlow, dropped some hints around the one-day show which will be preceded by a private viewing on Saturday March 12 at the same venue.

“This is our first exhibition,” she began. “We also have Mydrim Gallery which will be bringing in a collection of art works from younger artists. We are creating a dynamic event. There will be live music, artists’ talk and more. We have a couple of installations and art works specifically around the theme, ‘Living and Working’. It is not just going to focus on the content but the various artists we are featuring.

They all live and work in Lagos. We thought this will be a great platform to celebrate them and the works they are doing. Many of the photographs had been published in international journals and so we think it is a great opportunity to celebrate their works on the Nigerian soil.”

Barlow has worked in London and Lagos but seemed to be very much intrigued by the emerging art forms that are spawned by the new crop of artists. For her, the show is about creating a platform for artists in Africa’s most populous city to reach a new audience in a new way. To this end, a section of the exhibition will also be curated by Mydrim Gallery with works from their collection of young artists. Ultimately, it will be a unique encounter between the two influential socio-economic groups defining the direction of the economic scene in Lagos, that is, business leaders and dynamic young up and coming professionals and creative.

While reflecting on the modern-day influences in contemporary art, Barlow observed that the game of art is changing in our creative space.

“In modern art, we have Damien Hirst,” she said. “He is a fantastic icon who really thinks outside the box. In Nigeria, we are becoming more open to art not just the traditional forms.”

Many contemporary artists have managed to stir controversies with their pieces as reported by foreign media. This time, Barlow’s interest is to stir up interest in and patronage of contemporary Nigerian art.

“The company is focused on delivering creative events which will encourage more people to get involved in art patronage. We chose to do it here at Heritage Place because it is the first environmentally certified commercial building in Lagos. It is finished with fantastic standards.”

This initiative is supported by Samsung, Power Horse, Pulse.ng, Avandis Consulting, Petrolex Oil and Gas, Uber, Artnigeria.com and Genevieve magazine.
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