African Artists’ Foundation | Alliance Française, Lagos, Nigeria 28 Nov 2020 - 28 Jan 2021
(left) Zandile Tshabalala, Paradise IIIIII, 2020.
(right) Johnson Eziefula, Tomi with the wine hair, 2020.
African Artists’ Foundation is pleased to present a group exhibition titled Liminality in Infinite Space, opening on the 28th of November, 2020. The exhibition spotlights 23 artists that form part of the new vanguard in the field of contemporary African figuration. In an age where the various media available to artists are vast and undefined, this exhibition arches back to more traditional art-making practices including painting, collage, tapestry and woodcuts.
Black portraiture has often tended towards fanciful depictions that have little semblance to the real lived experiences of Black and Brown bodies, from the African continent and beyond. Liminality in Infinite Space elevates the everyday experiences of Black and Brown peoples, and challenges hyper visibility of survivalist existence that dominates mainstream media. This physical meeting of these artistic creations generates a space for the everyday slices of life that occur between the extremes of living a black body, in a world that does not always respect that body. This exhibition intentionally moves away from exaggerated depictions of blackness towards sharing moments of vulnerability and unostentatious joy.
While these conversations about black bodies are happening on a global stage, it is crucial for these ideas to be articulated and incubated on the African continent. This homecoming of ideas is an important step towards legitimising the contribution of African artists to figuration. This exhibition forms part of the African Artists’ Foundation’s long term aim to highlight voices that have been unrepresented in the historical canon. Liminality in Infinite Space is curated by Azu Nwagbogu, co-curated by Princess Ayoola and Jana Terblanche.
Liminality in Infinite Space highlights the works of:
Adegboyega Adesina | Chiderah Bosah | Johnson Eziefula | Ekene Emeka-Maduka | Nelly Guambe | Tosin Kalejaye | Sthenjwa Luthuli | John Madu | Manyaku Mashilo | Nabeeha Mohamed | Cinthia Sifa Mulanga | Mookho Ntho | Collins Obijiaku | Emma Odumade | Norman O’Flynn | Peter Ojingiri | Michelle Okpare | Eniwaye Oluwaseyi | Talia Ramkilawan | Katlego Tlabela | Zandile Tshabalala | WonderBuhle | Barry Yusufu