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Chechet steps out with Heavy is the Head at Soto Gallery

By Tobi Awodipe
23 November 2022   |   2:39 pm
Renowned Nigerian visual artist, Williams Chechet will from this Friday, November 25 to Friday December 9 2022, present to the world his latest exhibition, Heavy is the Head at Soto Art Gallery in Lagos.
Williams Chechet

Williams Chechet

Renowned Nigerian visual artist, Williams Chechet will from this Friday, November 25 to Friday December 9 2022, present to the world his latest exhibition, Heavy is the Head at Soto Art Gallery in Lagos.

Experimenting with pop art, culture and afro-futurism, and interested mainly in black identity and history reimagined in the past, present and the future; Chechet fully embraces contemporary culture, the digital future and his own sense of his cultural heritage.

His images are bold and engaging, often taken out of their original context through his creative process and overlapped with colourful symbolism and accessories.

Heavy is the Head alludes to the famous Shakespearean quote, “Uneasy is the head that wears a crown”. Even Biblically, it is written, “To whom much is given, much is required,” Luke 12:48. These quotes emphasize the burden and responsibility that comes with status and power.

When much has been given to you (talent/ability), a lot will be required of you. There are a variety of ways in which you can fulfill that requirement, but sharing impact is the most crucial step. As leaders/influencers in any field, we are continually making decisions that affect many others, let the impact be beneficial is his message.

In his most recent body of work, he explores and intentionally incorporates the faces and characters of Northern Nigeria, it’s leaders, icons and historically and culturally significant images into his work as a project that enshrine them in popular memory and consciousness, images and figures that have shaped Nigeria’s political history.

His work also pays homage to the global pop art movement of the 1960s, with strong references to artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean Michel Basquiat. He has exhibited in group exhibitions in America, The United Kingdom, South Africa, and Morocco.

Born in Kano and raised in Kaduna, Chechet studied Industrial Design at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and was shortlisted for the Art X Lagos Art Prize in 2018.