African Art – You Can’t Miss These Exhibitions in 2018

We’re witnessing an incredible variety of events in the African art world. We’ve put together a list of exhibitions opening in February from London, Lagos and South Africa.

Do you know about a new gallery that showcases African art? Drop us a note about them.

 

London

Etiyé Dimma Poulsen and Stacey Okparavero Take Gallery of African Art

Ethiopian artist Etiyé Dimma Poulsen and Nigerian artist Stacey Okparavero are taking the lead at Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) in London opening tonight. Why don’t you show them some love and come over tonight for the opening event. Don’t forget of course to RSVP.

Venue: Gallery of African Art (GAFRA), 45 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4JL

Taiye Idahor Will be at Tyburn Gallery for ‘ÒKHÙO’ Exhibition

From February 9 to May 9, 2018, Tyburn Gallery, London will present Òkhùo, a solo exhibition of recent works by contemporary Nigerian artist Taiye Idahor. Working within media as diverse as sculpture, collage, drawing, and installation, she explores layers of themes which are simultaneously universal and intimate, expressing female and African identity within the broader contexts of history, tradition and globalisation.

The private view is on Thursday 8 February, 6 – 8:30pm. There’s also an artist talk during the reception evening . Time: 6-6:30pm

Tafeta Gallery Has George Osodi’s Royalty on Display

From January 17 to February 12, 2018, Tafeta Gallery, London will present Royalty, a solo exhibition featuring works from George Osodi’s well-travelled series ‘Nigerian Monarchs’. The artist works in colour and combines critical reportage with artistic documentary photography. His subjects are mostly social, economic and ecological exploitation of man and nature in the Niger Delta.

SOAS Looks at Legacies of Biafra

From January 11 to March 21, 2018, Brunei Gallery will present Legacies of Biafra, a group exhibition featuring works predominantly from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK), which will be exhibited alongside archival materials on the war, oral narratives of those who lived through the war and a selection of short films. In an exploration of Britain and Biafra, the exhibition will showcase material from the personal archive of the late British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, which sheds light on the experience of watching the war in one’s homeland unfold through the lens of the international media.

Participating artists include Ade Ogundimu, Chinwe Chukuogo Roy (MBE), Imoesi Imhonigie, Obi Okigbo, Raymond Soko, Titus Agbara, Toni Ndikanwu, Edosa Oguigo, Ndidi Dike, Ngozi Schommers, Onyema Offoedu-Okeke and Uzo Egonu

Johannesburg

Wallen Mapondera: Samusha Weiri Dongo

From January 20 to February 24, 2018, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg will present Samusha weiri Dongo, an exhibition of recent work by Zimbabwean artist Wallen Mapondera.

Lagos

At Work: Exhibition Open until February 9th!

At Work, the Arthouse Foundation Artist Residency Exhibition, is open until Friday, February 9th!
Kia Showroom, 43B Akin Adesola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
10 AM – 5 PM

At Work features projects by Francois BeaurainNengi OmukuKadara EnyeasiThierry OussouJimmy NwanneGloria Oyarzabal Lodge andChristian Newby, created during the artists’ three-month residencies with the Arthouse Foundation in 2017. With a prompt to experiment with new forms and ideas that were inspired by their experiences in Lagos, these artists question how we interact and move within the urban environment and how cultural identity is framed through complex social and political forces.

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