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For it’s all in me, nine artists show in Affinity Art

By Florence Utor
31 July 2022   |   3:05 am
Recently, nine young artists unveiled their works to the delight of visitors to Affinity Art Gallery, Victoria Island.

Affinity Art Gallery

Recently, nine young artists unveiled their works to the delight of visitors to Affinity Art Gallery, Victoria Island.

The show, which is still going on, is titled, It’s All in Me. It features Derek Jahyem Jombo-Ogboi, Obiageli Adaeze Okaro, Akinola Taoheed Olaitan, Ebuka P. Agudiegwu, Nzubechukwu Ozoemena, Olasunkanmi Akomolehin, Oluwapelumi Oluyemi, Plantation (Ayomide Tejuosho) and Sophia Chioma.

One thing the artists have in common is: Inspiration from personal experiences and from the societies they live in to come up with refreshing pieces that express their thoughts on personal, cultural, and general issues to bring positive change.

Adaeze Okoro’s photography practice revolved around portraiture, fashion and documentary photography. Her work explored black bodies through the lenses of gender, love, life experiences, heritage and family.

In this body of work, decisively romantic images are composed using themes from pasteras. The images are simultaneously strong and graceful, with an underlying melancholy. It thrives to portray black beauty, and as such, depict dark skin in the variety of forms they come in.

Oluwapelumi Oluyemi’s work highlights day-to-day struggles, socio-political and cultural barriers, questioning the norm, and seeking the truth.

One of her works, Red Lipstick Oil on canvas 48×48 inches 2022, is a visual compilation of her reflections on black plurality, black nihilism and pain, black death, and the black divine.

Ayomide Tejuoso, a photographer, video artist, and performance artist based in Nantes, France, centres his works around how to create and maintain methodologies focused on developing vulnerable and invasive imagery, include rituals and trances that allow them most violent and absurd of her thoughts to be turned into visual pieces.

Ebuka P.Agudiegwu, intrigued by the mutual relationship between man and plants translates it to his artistic practice to create vivid imagery that embodies what he sees as a powerful representation of life. His works are a visual reflection of his perception of his environment, in relation to both past and recent happenings.

Akinola Taoheed’s work is a constant search for the best way to interpret the ideas that he has about his genesis and the world he lives in. he portrays purple patch-like cars on the skin of his subjects which depicts bravery, spirituality, and wealth that connects to the meaning of his name Akinola-‘bravewealth’ or ‘the strong one has wealth.

Derek Jahyem Jombo-Ogboi Draws inspiration from architecture, fashion, nature, and music, he said, “My works recall real-life experiences, childhood memories, cultural heritage, and history. My process is contemplative, and I use brush strokes and pigments to create scenes that call attention to contemporary issues, moments, and values, some of which are easily lost in today’s fast-paced world.”

Sophia Chioma’s diversity of expression necessitates an immersion in materiality, which she explores through loosely detailed human forms, and lines to express the message on canvass.

According to her, “My current work portrays different expressions of body language that could vary in meaning and translation. This is more fascinating to me because the variation in meaning is entirely dependent on cultural background, experience and feelings, all just as communicative as spoken words.”

Nzubechukwu Ozoemena, a self-taught artist highlights themes of memory, connectivity, community and spirituality using paint and scribbled texts. In ‘Trickles of Reconciliation,’ he interrogates the subject matter of baptism. 

Olasunkanmi Akomolehin simply expresses himself by capturing the reality behind the façade using Realism. With this show, Affinity Gallery continues to promote young emerging Nigerian and diaspora talents, according to the curator, Moni Aisida, “what we want to do with this show is to showcase the very talented emerging artist that are here and in the diaspora and just to tell people that they could compete at the world stage and to show that even though they are young, they have voices and things to say and those things deserved to be pushed on a platform such as ours.”