Orilafinju: An exhibition of two generations holds in Lagos
Two generations, father and son, Segun and Gbenga Adeku, in the marriage of neo-traditional and contemporary art, would stage Orilafinju at the Terra Kulture, Lagos from May 7 to 26, 2022.
Orí l’Afínjú means the head (mind) is the cautious, fashionable and environmentally proactive person.
Segun expressed his art through a deep-seated belief in happiness and joy, being a choice available to all and shared among people.
His works focus on human relationships and the cord of interdependence that ties all together. The artist said his works are never in isolation because he believes the best is expressed within the context of relationships.
His words: “I am exhibiting my works at Orilafinju, where I espoused unequivocally yet humorously that the head (Mind of Man) is the origin of beauty, happiness and Joy.”
For Gbenga, he sees plastic waste differently. The artist sees trashed pet bottles as Michelangelo sees marble, trashed bottles as trashed people, and abandoned relationships.
He said frustrated plastic wastes could protest at tollgates, block our waterways and take our homes if ignored.
“I have been guilty myself of this selfish satisfaction. It was a shocking awakening to realise that each of those bottles will outlive me for over 400 years, causing environmental havoc.
“This realisation gave me a message. So, I create high-end art from discarded plastics. I use my art to intimate the public on the hazards of single-use plastics,” he added.
They described Terra Kulture as an educational and recreational organisation set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian languages, arts and culture. The centre has organised over 300 art exhibitions, 200 plays and 70 book readings.
The Gallery has been at the forefront of art and creativity, with Orilafinju as another step in the right direction and synonymous with Terra Kulture’s creed of bridging the gap between the masters and a newer generation of budding artists.
“It is a show of years of experience alongside exciting innovative craftsmanship. This is truly a labour of passion and an artistic marvel,” the duo added.