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‘Banana Republic’ and other exhibitions worth seeing this month

“Sister, sister” by Marcellina Akpojotor at Rele Gallery

Lagos has had an eventful year as far as The Arts and the creative sector is concerned. And with 2019 drawing to a close in a few weeks, the city is not relenting. It’s still keeping the tempo. 

For starters, two gritty and soul-stirring exhibitions opened last weekend. 

Banana Republic 

One, titled “Banana Republic” features the works of artists Muyiwa Akinwolere and Agemo Francis, both of whom have adopted satire to tell the Nigerian story and the challenges of recent years. Hosted by A Whitespace Creative Agency (59 Raymond Njoku Crescent, Ikoyi), it is open until 15 December.

Muyiwa Akinwolere at the opening the exhibition last weekend
Agemo Francis standing by one of his works at the “Banana Republic” exhibition last weekend.

Rele Gallery (5 Military Street, Onikan) also opened its doors for its last exhibition this year. Titled “It’s A Wrap”, it features to works of five young contemporary artists: Marcellina Akpojotor, Sejiro Avoseh, Tonia Nneji, Osaze Amadasun and Dandelion Eghosa.

Collectively, the artists explore the subjects of education and women, Benin heritage, gender and sexuality, and personal health complexities. Altogether, this is an exhibition that both delights and inspires.  

A guest admiring the paintings of Tonia Nneji at Rele Gallery last weekend

Lagos Living

This weekend (7 Dec.) at 4pm, an exhibition (“Textures and Habitations”) by Michael Enejison will open at the Onikan House (23 Military Street, Onikan). “It is a visual atlas of space, tactility and urbanisation in Lagos,” the artist explains. “It explores how elements fit in awkward, beautiful and sometimes abominable ways in a city hosting 20 million people.”

It runs until 14 December.

Then for three days (Dec 4 – 6), Lagosians who visit the Ikeja City Mall will be delighted by a digital exhibition, titled “Next Lagos Digital Exhibition”. Deploying Virtual Reality, the exhibition is about proposing sustainable solutions to urban development, and by so doing reduce the recent environmental and physical pressures the city is experiencing 

“In the last few years, young people have started venturing into sustainable solutions in mobility, housing, waste management and agriculture,” says Deji Akinpelu, who is promoting the project. “It is important we begin to explore means and ways to incorporate these ideas into our day to day living, where necessary with legislation that will help the development of these fast growing sustainable business ideas.” 

A guest admires a painting by Muyiwa Akinwolere at A White Space Creative Agency last weekend

Away from the exhibitions, there is an opportunity to shop for art of all shapes, styles and sizes at the “Arts & Crafts Market” (6-7 December) to be hosted by Angels and Muse Art Gallery (5 Jibowu Street, off Awolowo Rd, Ikoyi). Curated by Artmiabo, objects will include handcrafted products and gift items. According to the organisers, there will also be “art, crafts, soaps, delicious pastries, scenic photograph prints”.

So there you have it: six different arty events to entertain and inspire you this week through the weekend — and beyond.. Enjoy!

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