Umoren and Ajuna to exhibit in a different world and questions
Emmanuel Umoren and Bruno Ajunam, both graduates of Ahmadu Bello University and students of Gani Odutokun(1946-1995), will be showcasing their recent paintings at Gemini Gallery, located at King George V Road, Onikan Lagos. The theme of the exhibition is Emmanuel Umoren’s In a Different World and Bruno Ajunam’s Questions. The exhibition, will open on March 27 to April 2.
On display shall be works, which the artists see as their attempts to move away from scenic paintings to more philosophical and didactic offerings. For instance Emmanuel’s Stop the Bias, highlights the female genders rights to equal pay for equal work and respect. It also portrays the confidence strides of womanhood in society.
While Bruno seems more obsessed with questions pertaining to human and people rights, especially with regards to police brutality and the struggles of the masses. This can be seen in works like Why are we Brutalized whereby the artist pays attention to the youth of our country, whose lives have been cut short by the police man’s bullet. In this work, he lists the names of athletes like Dele Udoh (1957-1981) a Nigerian sprinter, based in the US who was shot by a Nigerian police officer in Lagos following an argument. He also talks about students from various universities and other higher institutions, traders, and commuters whose lives have equally been cut short due to careless handling of weapons by law enforcement officers. In all, the exhibition promises to be more than just pretty pictures.