Art X Lagos boosts tourism
The Federal Place Hotel, Lagos witnessed influx of both local and international tourists who attended the seventh edition of the Art X Lagos last weekend.
The 2-day international art fair themed ‘Who Will Gather Under the Baobab Tree?’ showcased African culture through each piece of inspiring art from 27 galleries.
Speaking of her solo exhibition on display, Chigozie Obi who is the Art X Prize winner for 2021 presented a combination of self-portraits in oil, mixed media paintings and a video journal installation exploring the notion of home and the realities of navigating unfamiliar territory.
She said: “Displaying my work here feels fulfilling. Art saved me, Art is a way I can express myself freely and I love that people can interact with it as well. I think African Art will continue to expand. There is a spotlight right now on African art, a lot of African artists are really becoming more successful and popular. Art X Lagos introduces Art to a lot of people who don’t really know anything about it. If we can have more fairs like this, artists would be more appreciated because all forms of art are valid.”
An Art Exhibitor, Moni Aisida who had the piece of art portraying a girl who is pushing a water cart called ‘Ruwayazo’ meaning ‘Water Has Come’ on display said: “This is a piece by Ann Adams. She is a contemporary ceramic artist and has created several ceramic pieces but she decided to branch out this time to a commentary on lack of accessibility to clean water especially by children. There is UNICEF data that says one-third of every Nigerian child does not have access to clean water. This is a huge contributing factor to the mortality rate of children.
“Adams also revealed that lack of access to clean water is a problem that persisted since she was a child as she has been seeing the Meruwas pushing water carts till date. Ruwayazo is also about how children who are not in school are compelled to do menial jobs as pushing water carts to sell.”