Swedish gallery modernafricanart were looking for a way to give their artists a new voice and medium. The collection they ultimately created together does this and so much more.
While returning African art to the context of everyday function, it also celebrates traditional artists the world over and encourages the breaking down of boundaries as well as the creation of wholly new categories. A collaborative work of three continents, this is a collection which celebrates the past even while refusing to be bound to old forms.
Here you will find the work of the African artists Bruce Onobrakpeya, Muraina Oyelami, Nike Davies Okundaye, Sam Ovraiti, Ehi Obinyan and Tola Wewe, painted in an innovative yet ancient form by Tibetan, Indian and Afghan artists. Each rug has been painstakingly hand-made over the process of several months, having made an arduous journey from the Himalayas to Europe and finally to the exhibition in Lagos.
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue of 68 pages, with over 50 full-colour photographs and illustrations which outlines the background to the collection and its place in the contemporary art world.
Come along and view for yourself this unique, innovative and celebratory collection.
29/09 – 07/10/12