The Sole Adventurer

Magazine on art, artists, people in art, art events, experiences, history & issues. We look from Africa to the world.

A mixed media painting titled “Abduction” by Kelechi Nwaneri, a budding self taught Nigerian artist. #KelechiNwaneri #Spotlight #NigerianArtist #ContemporaryArt #Abduction #Nigeria #Female #Religion #Insurgency #Terrorism #Realism #AlterRealism
Are you looking for an opportunity to develop your understanding of art criticism or be able to develop content, arguments and a compelling voice in art writing? You have an uncommon chance to learn from Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, one of the top art critics and historians in the art world, at the first TSA Art Writing Master Class in Lagos. The call for applications is open until September 7th 2018 and the opportunity is open to art writers/journalists from West African countries with portfolios of published writings. Visit www.thesoleadventurer.com/projects for complete details and inquiries.
Mickalene Thomas, Jet Blue #1 , 2018 #mickalenethomas
Regrann from @adebayobolaji - . Title: Puberty. 2018 . ------- 124 x 154cm . ------ . . . . . . #contemporaryart #painting #adebayobolaji #2018 #art #body
“The sense that I have felt from people when it comes to abstract works, they either get lost and not understand what the work is about, others find joy in the colors – as color is personal and has different meaning to each individual. I am also aware that color is a personal expression on my end, and that is the journey I wish to take people through. I have also come to associate different meanings of my own with color and sometimes with a viewer we are on the same page regarding meaning or they completely trail into their own context – which revokes personal memories and experiences…” Banele Khoza. . . . Banele Khoza was born in Hlatikulu, Swaziland in 1994 but now based in Pretoria, South Africa since 2008. He is an artist intrigued with the intricacies of human relations and explores this in his works. . . . ‘Trying to Impress' from his solo exhibition “To: The Unknown” showing at LKB/G in Hamburg, Germany from August 2 2017 until September 7 2018. #Exhibitions #BaneleKhoza #TSAArtMagazine
The first TSA Art Writing Master Class that will be facilitated by renowned Princeton University professor, Dr. Chika Okeke-Agulu, is now open for application. The master class is designed as an intensive programme for art writers and journalists with keen interest in advancing their craft of art writing. It is also set up to drive interactions between accomplished art professionals and a new generation of art writers, and to redirect critical thinking and writing in the West African art scenes. Organized by TSA Cultural Foundation with the support of Goethe-Institut, the master class will take place from Tuesday 30th October – Saturday 3rd November 2018. Participants will be guided through a mastery of cognitive and linguistic elements in art writing. There will be writing exercises, reviews of specific artworks and artists, visits to selected exhibitions showing in Lagos at this time and a final writing project that will be considered for publishing in notable print and online publications. Outstanding participants will have opportunities such as nominations for international residencies too. . . . Professor @chikaokekeagulu is an artist, curator, critic and art historian. He is Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, and specializes in classical, modern, and contemporary African and African Diaspora art history and theory. He previously taught at The Pennsylvania State University, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. He began his career in Lagos as an art critic for the newspapers African Concord, Daily Times and Guardian. His many awards include Frank Jewett Mather Award for Distinction in Art Criticism (2016), and Melville J. Herskovits Prize for the Most Important Scholarly Work in African Studies (2016). . . . TSA Cultural Foundation is a division of The Sole Adventurer set up for projects connecting culture, society and education. . . . For more details on the program and how to apply, visit www.thesoleadventurer.com/projects Application Deadline: 7th September 2018 #artcriticism #artwriting #masterclass #chikaokekeagulu #tsaartmagazine #spreadthenews
An impressive adaptation of The Last Supper by Sejiro Avoseh, in the #exhibition “When We Are Not What We Are” showing @relegallery in #Lagos . #sejiroavoseh
Studio visit Tyna Adebowale at the Rijks Akademie in Amsterdam where she has been in residency for 18months. • Tyna continues to explore her interest in the female body and the complex subjects of duality and personhood. • In addition to painting on bigger surfaces she now experiments with sculpting, performance and video art. #TynaAdebowale #RijksAkademie #StudioVisit #Incubation #Residency #Femalebody #thefemalebody #contemporaryart #TSAArtMagazine
Victor Ekpuk, the artist from Nigeria well known for his Nsibidi inspired poetic paintings, releases a self-titled voluminous book ‘Victor Ekpuk: Connecting Lines Across Space and Time’. Edited by Toyin Falola, an eminent Professor of African History at the University of Texas at Austin, the biographical publication contains images of Ekpuk’s work and essays by thirteen scholars who explore and analyse different phases of his work and practice over twenty-five years. • An excerpt from the introduction by Toyin Falola, Ph.D. reads: “This book captures the full essence of Victor Ekpuk’s work as an artist of global reputation, a master of mysterious scripts, and ancient signs and symbols...His powerful messages are encrypted in ways that are sometimes obvious, often times complex, and subject to multiple ambiguous meanings, from the ritualised to the sacred, from the secularised to the mythical. In this book, a host of talented authors reflect on the artist, his background, the foundation of his creativity, and the interpretations of his symbolic messages”. • Connecting Lines Across Space and Time, a significant and impressive publication, joins the growing resources on Nigerian artists and contemporary African art. Others in recent times are Obiora Udechukwu: Line, Image and Text by Professor Chika Okeke-Agulu, The Art of Nigerian Women written and published by Chukwuemeka Bosah along with other contributors, Àsìkò: On the Future of Artistic and Curatorial Pedagogies in Africa published by Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos and Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art from The Walther Collection. • ‘Victor Ekpuk: Connecting Lines Across Space and Time’ will be launched in Lagos, Nigeria at the Art X Lagos International Art Fair in November 2018. #VictorEkpuk #Artbook #Artbooks #contemporaryart #contemporaryafricanart #nigerianartist #tsaartmagazine
“In the conceptual framing of Shifting the Waves, healing, transformation and equality are key components. There is the presence of water, that is River Thames, which becomes a life force, a passage for transformation and liberation from systems of persecution and prejudices. Symbolic materials such as mask, brooms, boat and sound box, used within the performance, embody the historical, physical and spiritual. For instance, in African societies, the broom is a ritualized object having spiritual, socio-religious and environmental references that point toward cleaning dirt, evil and negative energies. In similar belief, Tugbiyele uses the silver painted brooms, titled Same Sex 2.0, to cool the atmosphere and conflicting energies within the vicinity of the performance. The history of the space and some of the buildings around Somerset House were equally important. They bring back memories of the socio-economic activities between Africa and the West during the colonial era, and how this shapes the African economy and lives today.” From the essay “Four Women: Resisting Prejudice and Inequality” on the exhibition ‘Four Women’ featuring @adejoketugbiyele @staceyravvero @kehindeawofeso and Bunmi Oyesanmi-Ayaoge @revolvingartincubator in Lagos. Read on www.thesoleadventurer.com #linkinbio • Image: Adejoke Tugbiyele, Shifting The Waves: The mask, The Boat, The Broom, The Box, 2017. Image from the performance at 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair, London. Image copyright Katrina Sorrentino, courtesy the artist. #FourWomen #revolvingartincubator #contemporaryart #women #art #exhibition #tsaartmagazine
Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola emerged winner of ‘Art X Prize with Access’ 2018 edition on Wednesday. • The program received dozens of applications from which Aderemi-Ibitola was shortlisted alongside two other finalists – Ayo Akinwande and Williams Chechet – and then, emerged winner after live presentations were made to the judges. She was selected for her project “Scraps from Mama’s Floor’’. Born in 1993 in Lagos, Nigeria, Aderemi-Ibitola is a trans-disciplinary artist working primarily in time-based art, interactivity and performance. She has a Masters degree in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Performing Arts, New York University and holds a Bachelors in Communication Arts with a focus in Television/Film Production and a minor in Political Science from Allegheny College. She currently lives and works in Lagos. The winning artist will receive a ₦1million grant for the selected project which will be exhibited in a solo presentation at the 2018 ART X Lagos from 2nd to 4th November. • L-R: Amaechi Okobi, Group Head, Corporate Communications Access Bank, Bolatito Aderemi-Ibitola, Winner 2018 Art X Prize with Access, and Tokini Peterside, Founder and Director, Art X Lagos. #ArtPrize #News #Art #Lagos #ArtxLagos #artxprizewithaccess #tsaartmagazine #contemporaryart #Lagosartscene
#LynetteYiadomBoakye 4am Friday, 2015, oil on canvas from the exhibition Verses After Dusk at Serpentine Gallery in 2015.
We have no words, but our silence is not indifference. We are making this post to acknowledge all the tragic incidents from Plateau to Lagos in Nigeria in the last few days. The arts can not, and should not, be indifferent. #TSAArtMagazine is not indifferent to systemic government failures in Nigeria. We hope for a better country where lives matter. #NigerianLivesMatter
In the voice of woke people: If you know, you know. 😉 #FelaKuti #Cassette #Regrann from @festac77archive
If you are in Rome this summer, showing at Museo MAXXI are two exhibitions featuring artists of African descent: ‘African Metropolis. An Imaginary City’ and ‘Road to Justice’. • Curated by Simon Njami and Elena Motisi, ‘African Metropolis. An Imaginary City’ exhibition have on view, over 100 works by 34 African artists. These works feature the ‘beauty and contradiction’ of African cities in relation to today’s world. Explored through various mediums – photography, installations, sculptures, fabrics and videos – these works recreate the chaos, richness and the multiple facets of contemporary African and global identity. The 34 artists featured are Akinbode Akinbiyi, Heba Y. Amin, El Anatsui, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Sammy Baloji, Bili Bidjocka, Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, Godfried Donkor, Franck Abd-Bakar Fanny, Meschac Gaba, Lucas Gabriel, François-Xavier Gbré, Simon Gush, Hassan Hajjaj, Nicholas Hlobo, Délio Jasse, Samson Kambalu, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Abdoulaye Konaté, Lamine Badian Kouyaté (Xuly.Bët), Youssef Limoud, Onyis Martin, Lavar Munroe, Hassan Musa, Paul Onditi, PEFURA, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Antoine Tempé, Andrew Tshabangu, Sarah Waiswa, Ouattara Watts, James Webb, Amina Zoubir. • Artists exhibiting in ‘Road to Justice’ are: John Akomfrah, Marlene Dumas, Kendell Geers, Bouchra Khalili, Moshekwa Langa, Wangechi Mutu, Malik Nejmi, Michael Tsegaye, Sue Williamson. Artwork: Abdulrazaq Awofeso, Behind This Ambiguity, 2015-2018. Courtesy the artist. #MAXXI #AfricanMetropolis #Rome #AfricanArt #Africa #Exhibition #Roadtojustice #AkinbodeAkinbiyi #MarleneDumas #SueWilliamson #JohnAkomfrah #SammyBaloji #AbdulrazaqAwofeso #HassanHajjaj #AbdoulayeKonate #SimonNjami #KiluanjiKiaHenda
#BillieZangewa #fnbjoburgartfair Featured Artist for 2018. 👏🏽 Image courtesy textileartscenter.com
@fnbjoburgartfair announces Malawian artist Billie Zangewa as the Featured Artist for this year’s fair. • • Zangewa works primarily with raw silk offcuts in intricate hand-stitched collages, creating figurative compositions that explore her intersectional identity in the contemporary context and challenge the historical stereotyping, objectification and exploitation of the black female body. Working in a flat, colourful style, she depicts narratives concerned with experience: both personal and universal. These narratives do not make grand gestures or even overt political statements, but rather focus on mundane domestic preoccupations; universal themes connecting us to each other. Almost always the protagonist in her works, Zangewa becomes a heroine whose daily life is revealed through the scenes she illustrates. • • The artist states: “I'm thrilled to be selected as this year's featured artist for the FNB JoburgArtFair. It's a great honour and I'm proud to be in the company of the other artists chosen before me. Sincere thanks to FNB, Artlogic and my gallery, blank projects, for their support.” Artwork: Billie Zangewa, Vision of Love, 2018. Image copyright Billie Zangewa, courtesy blank projects. #fnbjoburgartfair #BillieZangewa #johannesburg #artfair #art #news #africa #artnews #tsaartmagazine
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