With a wistful desire to go back in time, young pop artist Mode Aderinokun paints some of her past experiences to recapture memories lost in time. Her world is a place of no rules and non-conformism but with moments of self-reflection. To understand this feeling of disturbia, Tony OLA engages MODE on “Nostalgia”

TONY OLA: At Nostalgia preview, you mentioned a major influence to your work is pain, what does this mean?

MODE: This is about the past experiences I have been through. In the past few years, I have gone through a lot of pain and that is what inspired this exhibition.

TONY OLA: Can you describe one of such experiences?

MODE: My father’s passing away. I started creating these works right after that loss.

TONY OLA: How does “What would Mandela do” connect with the theme of the exhibition?

MODE: This was inspired by another death story. After Mandela died, I wanted to do something that will have impact on people. I saw that people were monetising Mandela’s death, like “oh let’s make Mandela shirts”. I didn’t want it to be that way, instead, I thought I should do something that he would have done. This is why it is called “What would Mandela do?”. For this piece, there will be a quite auction, the proceeds will go to any cause supporting education.

TONY OLA: Is the art piece with text over it a new style for Modé or a one-off experiment?

MODE: It’s just something I did. It is not particularly a new thing or highly stylistic. I think people do it often. I did not invent it. [laughs]…


Still On Nostalgia

In an exhibition filled with a wonderland trip of reality, faces and phases of life, Mode accompanies her art with warm melodious tunes. The exhibition divided into sections, shows different themes of work and also a short video titled ‘Carousel’.

Striking female characters are fused with motif and words charged alive from the music in the background.  These female characters portray different moods but convey similar messages. With sensational and seductive looks, they explore feminine strengths, a woman’s power, confidence, the need to ‘speak up’ or ‘express oneself’.

According to Don Draper in the TV series Mad Men,  .“… in Greek, Nostalgia literally means the pain from an old wound. A twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn’t spaceship, it’s a time machine. It goes backwards, forwards. Takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It is not called the wheel, it is called the Carousel. It lets us travel the way, a child travels. Round and round, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved.” This quote captures the phases of emotion in the characters that assumes the journey of Mode herself.

Our society is a place full of secrets and conformists, but Mode chooses to be different by opening up her scars to find healing. Art should indeed disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed.

Nostalgia continues to show till 24th January 2016. Studio of Mode is a gallery for young art lovers and the young at heart.

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