We are all deluded. In the most dangerous ways, the most beautiful ways and the most banal and benign ways. We all exist in a world of our own design, our own creation, our own filter. Built with our beliefs, our histories, our traumas, our consumption, our interactions, our societies, our habits, our opportunities and dreams, we design our own reality. All of us, with our unique delusions, perceptions and experiences, exist in the same physical world. Art is an expression of our reality, and design is the personality of our ideas.

Fadugba, Eight Days of Lazy, Day One

Fadugba, Eight Days of Lazy, Day One

5 years after the first workshop and exhibition of the Female Artists’ development projects organized by the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), the Female Artists’ Platform presents another group exhibition on personality and design.

The exhibition is titled “Design is the Personality of an Idea“. It will open on Sunday July 19th at 6pm with a reception at Ford Foundation in Lagos and run till August 3rd , 2015. Ford Foundation is at 105 Close, Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos.

In Design is the Personality of an Idea, the artists use diverse media – film, fashion, paint, photography, digital collage, and sound – to create full worlds with the precision and intentionality inherent in the concept of design. They explore the kaleidoscopic amalgamation of our individualities, showing our diverse and complex worldviews: complete, distinct, nuanced and fantastical. They design and manifest their own distinct realities hoping to leave the viewer with nothing specific they can tie with being a female African artist. The more you see, the less you know.

PORTRAIT The Venus Bushfires - By Philip Volkers..

PORTRAIT The Venus Bushfires – By Philip Volkers.

PORTRAIT Moonchild

PORTRAIT Moonchild

The 8 artists exhibiting are Joana Choumali from Côte d’Ivoire, Nkechi Ebubedike based in Nigeria and America, Modupeola Fadugba, Nkiru Oparah, The Venus Bushfires and Akwaeke Emezi from Nigeria, Selly Raby Kanwho from Senegal, and Moonchild Sanelly from South Africa.

Female Artists’ Platform 

Launched in 2010, the Female Artists Development Project is an annual initiative to promote a more gender equal creative industry. Each year, artists are chosen to work on a project relating to a theme and provided with production stipends to complete their work. The Female Artists’ Platform aims to draw attention to female artists and designers living and working in Africa, unearth and develop new talent, introduce new art forms, and highlight the diversity of women who are exploring ways to express themselves through visual art. The platform seeks to shed light on the role of the artist in African society, to create awareness around female creative expression, and address her under-representation in the Nigerian contemporary art community. Read more on http://www.africanartists.org/programme/female-artists-platform