Abuja marks World Art Day

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI - By Adie Vanessa Of­fiong

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

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