Abuja marks World Art Day
No less than 40 works of Nigerian artists were on display this week at the Thought Pyramid Art Centre (TPAC), Abuja to mark the World Art Day in an exhibition organized by the National Gallery of Art in collaboration with TPAC.
The works included Colony (Adamu Ibrahim), Serene Wild (Zakaria Adamu), Night and Day (Kizito Ekeng), Onye Okpa (Uche Mbele), Sadate (Tom Sunday) and Assemblage (Godwin Okoi). Others were Without End (Susti Benson), Sisi Oge (Joy Iorvihi), Disvirgined (Simput Semshak) and Pride (Precious Jeje) as well as some from the national collection.
The works which were expressed in fabric, mixed media, photography, oil on canvas, digital, collage, compugrafix and acrylic on canvas among others, were works from the national collection engaged the audience in the various themes they treated, colours and style.
Ibrahim who had three photography works on display explained that they told a story beginning from Firboid, which was etched in the womb of the tree he photographed and symbolized the nucleus from which existence came with all its various challenges. To resolve these challenges, meant going back to the roots and traditional ways of resolving issues and the use of intermediaries and consultations with the ancestors as depicted by Mask and the traditional garden eggs in the photograph.
Colony ends the narrative showing the beauty resolutions can provoke when there is peace and people can live in citadels further strengthened against storms which the tree around which the colony is formed portrays.
In a bid to do create unique works, Benson decided to work with fabrics and title her works ‘Never Leave Your Side’ which showed in synergy of rhythm in the geometric patterns she created. Without end was a borderless piece with no beginning or end which the artist said was a different approach for her with the use of flowery patterns as against her preferred geometry. In Wonders of Human Creation she decided to use the spermatozoa which are released as a cluster but have to begin finding their various life paths as soon as they are let out. For her this is typical of the human way of life.
Speaking at the event, NGA boss, Mr. Abdullahi Muku said it is necessary that art be treated as a public policy imperative because without the active support of public policy, there is a danger that art would become the privilege of a few.
He said, “This would be wrong both in principle and in practice especially considering that creativity needs to draw on the widest pool of talent to which everyone is entitled.”
The commemoration which is holding for the first time in Nigeria was instituted in 2012 at the General Assembly Meeting of the International Association of the Arts (IAA) in Guadalajara, Mexico and coincides with the birthday of one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Leonardo da Vinci who showed that greatness could be achieved at the intersection between art, science and technology.
“The day hints not only at the importance of art and artistic thinking, but also philosophy, mathematics, architecture, engineering and circles of invention,” Muku said.
Some of the works displayed at the event