ALARA PRESENTS WE WON’T WAIT BY ABDULRAZAQ AWOFESO With several hundred sculptures that will increase over the course of exhibition, We won̵...
ALARA PRESENTS WE WON’T WAIT BY ABDULRAZAQ AWOFESO
With several hundred sculptures that will increase over the course of exhibition, We won’t Wait is a living presentation that draws from traditions of sculpture. Awofeso’s work embarks on a unique direction for contemporary life by constructing communities.
And their details come together to tell stories that conjure laughter, empathy and other expressions of human experience.
This is the first time the internationally recognized artist is showing in his hometown.
ALARA is pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of acclaimed Abdulrazaq Awofeso. He debut in Nigeria, the project opened with several hundred sculptures which will increase in number over the course of the exhibition. Among these and for the first time, he adds burnished works and composed intimate compositions within a larger installation.
The artist transforms discarded pieces of paper, wood and fabric into contemporary art. All of these are records of imaginable circumstances-scraps from the tailor and carpenter, or clippings from newspaper inserts. Carving anthropomorphic forms from these materials, Awofeso assembles the resulting objects into groups. Together, the sculptures cull from the diversity of contemporary modes of dress, functional objects and the visual media through which today’s lives are shared. Here, forms representing students mix with those of jerry cans, businessmen and interpretations of emojis to depict contemporary trends in a diverse society. The assemblages showcase a range of social happenings, which are emphasized by the curated interactions of the sculptures.
These commissioned works are arranged in response to ALARA’s bespoke architecture and transformed visitors’ encounters with the space. To this end, Awofeso will work at ALARA for the duration of the exhibition to create new works for the installation. This will make for a dynamic, living presentation unlike any showcased in Lagos to date.
ALARA is proud to collaborate with an artist living and working in Lagos to present this, an ambitious visual art experience. It packaged the richness of contemporary culture as unique caricatures. And as the objects combine visual art with fashion and representations of recognizable objects, they conjure narratives that engage education, commerce and other necessities of everyday life.
Abdulrazaq Awofeso was born in Lagos in 1978. He studied at Yaba College of Technology in Lagos before relocating to South Africa in 2000. Heis works have since been exhibited in Johannesburg, Capet Town, London, Tel Aviv and New York City. And in 2014, he won a residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in Amsterdam. He has recently shown at the 2016 Dakar Biennale and Stevenson Gallery
Date: October 28 – December 15, 2016
Address: 12A Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Photos: Francis Oghuma/nREPORTER