Curated by Erin Rice, Omenka Gallery present works by Ayo Akinwande titled Power Show from 3 February – 21 February 2018.
In the exhibition, Akinwande examines the word ‘power’ and its unique symbolism in Nigeria; especially where power outages and fuel scarcity are regular occurrences. He also questions power in the context of authority and corruption, and how they overlap.
Acknowledging the various inspirations for the exhibition, he references the influence of Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s song of same title, exhibitions that have set precedence in this area – State of the Nation by Ndidi Dike in 2013, Victor Ehikhamenor’s Wealth of Nation in 2015, Uche James-Iroha Powers and Power in 2014, and the politically charged performances of Jelili Atiku.
Power Show, carefully projected to mark a shift in the photography career of Akinwande, includes different media integrating found objects such as generator tanks and NEPA/PHCN bills.
Opening Saturday 3 February 2018, 4 pm.
24 Ikoyi Crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos.
Top image: Ayo Akinwande, Open & close, 2016-2017, generator tanks on wood, 182 x 243 x 35cm