Exactly a month from today, a solo exhibition of photography works and video installations by British-Nigerian artist Karl Ohiri opens at the Omenka gallery in Lagos.
Taking its title from Prince Nica Mbarga’s popular 70s song Sweet Mother, the exhibition presents a collection of autobiographical works that focus on memories and motherhood. It was created over a period of five years.
The framework of Karl Ohiri’s practice is situated between two overlapping points of interest: Cultural Studies and The Human Condition. This is primarily explored through the use of photography, text, performance and installation, employing a conceptual approach to documentary, intervention, appropriation and recontextualisation.The result is a mixture of contemporary works that are based on social commentary and personal works that are often confessional and autobiographical in nature.
His artworks have been exhibited in various venues within the UK including; The New Art Exchange, Heathrow Terminal 5 and Tate Britain. Sweet Mother is jointly funded by the Arts Council England and the British Council. It will feature a catalogue with accompanying text by writer and independent curator Hansi Momodu-Gordon. The exhibition opens on May 7th and runs until May 21st 2016.
Featured image courtesty the artist: Morning Cigarette – from the series, Memories of You – 2014.