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About the Blue Woman: Funmi Iyanda and Ayoola Gbolahan Talk Art in London

Nigerian artist Ayoola Gbolahan will be performing at Funmi Iyanda’s “In Conversation with my Mother” in London on August 27th.

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It’s really happening folks! Ayoola Gbolahan and Funmi Iyanda are performing together.

One of Nigeria’s most prolific artists Ayoola Gbolahan will be visiting London for what is bound to be an interesting night. Veteran journalist and art collector Funmi Iyanda will be taking the stage too for an artistic performance.

Titled “In Conversation With My Mother “,  it’s the physical embodiment of a haunting imagined literary piece that is a dialogue between the former Nigerian television host and writer Funmi Iyanda and her mother.

What begins as a dialogue between mother and daughter emerges as a timeless, ageless, and genderless conversation between two humans, each longingly searching for the other, extending their hands through eternity, reaching for love and healing, but mostly, for each other.

This will take place as an artistic performance where dialogue acts as an important bridge to healing.

This show is organised by Oya Media and Kanbi Contemporary in London.

 In Conversation With My Mother is a one-night event with performance, music, and spoken word from Lagos based artist, Ayoola Gbolahan.

The event includes an auction sale of Ayoola Gbolahan‘s 2015 painting And Freud Said He Doesn’t Know estimated at £4,000 – £6,500.

This may be the chance to get out of your comfort zone and experience something different. Why not?

By the way, if you haven’t registered –> Click here to register to attend. 

Save This Date:

Date: Sunday, August 27th, 2017

Time: 18:00 – 22:00

Venue: Kachette 347 Old St, London EC1V 9LP

Kenyan Artist Cyrus Kabiru Holds First South African Solo Exhibition

We intend to bring you news as well as events of African artists making moves around the world.

Talented Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru has chosen Cape Town for his first South African solo exhibition ‘

The talented Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru brings his remarkable creations to Cape Town for his first South African solo exhibition C-Stunners & Black Mamba’ which is currently exhibited at SMAC Art Gallery in Woodstock and will run through to 14th of March, 2015.

The self-taught sculptor and painter is popular for his exceptional work of refashioning recycled and found materials across Nairobi.

According to the press statement:

By photographing himself wearing his glasses, Kabiru embraces this transformative aspect of Afrofuturism and allows himself to become a ‘blank slate’ on which the ‘C-Stunners’ aid him in forming unique identities. These straight-faced portraits cycle through a great variety of identities, sometimes gallant and accessible, sometimes sinister and sometimes even intimidating. These are portraits not just of Kabiru, but also of a new generation of African artists who demand face-to-face engagement.

This exhibition also combines, for the first time, Kabiru’s C-Stunners with his Black Mambas that are fixed gear bicycles, which have achieved an iconic status in Kenya as an affordable and popular method of transport for the Kenyan population.

Cyrus Kabiru was born in 1984 in Nairobi, where he still lives and works. His first solo exhibition was in 2008 at the Wasanii Workshop in Kenya and he has subsequently exhibited in England, the USA, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Turkey, South Africa and in his home country. Notable exhibitions include Upcoming in 2010 at the Kuona Trust in Nairobi and Cyrus Kabiru at the Kunstpodium T Gallery in Holland in 2011. Kabiru was awarded the Best Artist Innovation award at the Maker Fair and was celebrated by Guiness Africa and MTVBase in 2012. In 2013, Kabiru was a fellow at TED’s The Young, the Gifted, the Undiscovered in the USA. That same year, Kabiru also exhibited at the Lagos Photo Festival in Nigeria and his work formed part of Afrofuture: Adventure with Makers, Thinkers and Dreamers at Milan Design Week, Milan, Italy


If you’re in Cape Town, check out Kabiru’s exhibition. For more information click here


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