Opening on May 27th is the first show by Temple Art, a division of The Temple Management Company. Entitled It’s Not Furniture, the group exhibition features the work of Marcellina Akpojotor, Logo Oluwamuyiwa, Ken Nwadiogbu, Fola David, John Madu and Jeiken Lato-Unah. The exhibition is meant to show that art is not furniture but a representation of the life, belief and culture of young contemporary individuals.
According to Temple Art manager, Winifred Okpapi, the salon will be presented annually “to encourage emerging contemporary artists’ adventurous experimentation and creativity, and also create artistic experiences that will catalyze cultural exchanges, connect communities, and engage the public’s imagination.” New artists will be selected each year and made to go through a period of experimenting to discover new media and present new works that have not been seen before.
Among the works showing as part of It’s Not Furniture is a piece by Unah (featured above) questioning the section 214 of the 1999 criminal code that tackles homosexuality in Nigeria which focuses mainly on men. Another notable piece is Nwadiogbu’s Lost Consciousness 2 from his NYLON Series on the loss of African culture in the process of the African-Western cultural hybridization.
The exhibition will hold at the Omenka Gallery in Lagos from May 27th to June 9th 2017.
Venue – Omenka Gallery, 24 Ikoyi Crescent, Ikoyi.