Palais de la Culture Amadou Hampâté Bâ, Bamako, Mali 30 Nov 2019 - 31 Jan 2020
Tola Odukoya, Mother and Daughter (Detail), 1964.
Odukoya’s graphically engineered images instigates the question of the purpose of memory. As we are exposed to the photographs created by Tola Odukoya, it seems we have started tracing and retracing and historically examining the tracks of Africa’s cultural highways.
The mission here is simply to present a selection of twenty images from his collection of over two-thousand photographs that has been created over a career of more than forty years. Odukoya’s multilayered work unpacks a series of questions and goes further to declare an emergency about the need to open fresh conversations around the complexities of the relationship and effect of culture on demographics, especially in the African continent. The discovery of Tola Odukoya’s work further reinforces the urgency to widen our scope of view and rethink our position on photography and Africa.
CURATOR: UCHE JAMES IROHA | ARTISTS: OLAJIDE BELLO, ADEGOKE ODUKOYA, ODUKOYA FAMILY, LOLADE CAMEROUN-COLE, SIJI AWOYINKA | WITH THE PARTNERSHIP OF PHOTO GARAGE LAGOS