Art in Nigeria has come a long way, from drawing inspiration and emphasising on the cultural heritage of the nation to influencing social, political and artistic movements.
This past weekend I went to Re Le art gallery which is located at Onikan Lagos Island. It has the coolest space, small and intimate. It felt like I was being led into a secret and needed to consume enough finds and inspiration for my ever inquisitive soul. Although not as old as other art galleries in Lagos, it has already defined it’s niche. It is a go to place for cool urban art works, which is a great start for the ones that are beginning to fall in love with art. They also have a cool library where they sell pretty art finds, customised t-shirts and books.
I was drawn into the pictorial scenes of the art works being exhibited. The theme behind Ngozi Schommers‘s exhibition stood out for me, she had artworks that captured the lives of real people, telling their stories through art. Her exhibition was held from the 18th to the 28th of February 2016 which was themed ‘We Are Not Welcome Here’.
One of her works that captured my attention was a mixed media portrait of a Nigerian girl she met in Germany, whose experience of getting into Germany was one she would never wish her enemy.
Although most of her artworks being exhibited were of sorrowful circumstances and stories, there were some which were a reflection of indifferent and happy times.
I was also drawn to an art work by Tayo Quaye, it was a reflection of the current state of Nigeria. A wealthy nation represented by a woman who was visibly drained of her resources by corrupt politicians and military personnels.
Other beautiful artworks I saw there;
I do think to myself, being in the creative industry is one where you have to be totally confident in yourself, your art work and your point of view. Every artist has different expressions and points of view which results in unique outcomes. Even though I have just started this creative journey/career, what screams to me at every turn is the originality which artists apply. I always tell myself stick to you, advance and improve your skill, define your target market and deliver. There is a space for everyone.
I would love to know your thoughts and experiences of Re Le art gallery. Or any other art galleries in your city you have been to and would like us to check out.