Ex­plor­ing Nige­rian His­tory through dig­i­tal pop art

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI - Source: African­dig­i­ta­lart.com

Wil­liams Chechet is a dig­i­tal artist and graphic de­signer in­ter­ested in how Africans across the globe un­der­stand and ex­pe­ri­ence their own his­tory and cul­ture. In­spired by pop art, his pro­ject, We Are The North com­prises of a se­ries of art­works in­spired by por­traits of North­ern Nige­ri­ans.

Chechet says: “I want to im­mor­tal­ize renowned Nige­ri­ans that helped build the na­tion through the use of pop art.

“I ob­served that art from the north­ern part of Nige­ria is not as pop­u­lar as I would have ex­pected. And it was very surprising to me, con­sid­er­ing the al­most count­less sources of in­spi­ra­tion that I found in north­ern cul­ture. It’s a se­ries I cre­ated with the in­ten­tion of show­ing the her­itage of the north­ern peo­ple and im­mor­tal­iz­ing renowned Nige­ri­ans with pop art cul­ture. I have al­ways wanted to mix the in­dige­nous and for­eign art as a sig­na­ture to my de­sign and art.”

“The im­agery I used in my se­ries are im­ages I con­sis­tently saw while grow­ing up in the North­ern part of Nige­ria. So I thought, why not fuse that with pop cul­ture?”

One of Chechet’s works

Chechet’s work, Tafawa Balewa

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