Architecture + Design
Efiɛ Gallery presents ‘Shard Song’, A Solo Exhibition by El Anatsui
Efiɛ Gallery will be launching their new permanent Dubai gallery space in March at the Al Quoz Creative Zone with a major solo exhibition, titled ‘Shard Song’ by renowned contemporary artist, El Anatsui curated by MaeLing Lokko and creatively directed by Aida Muluneh.
The exhibition presents a series of new wooden sculptures that recall Anatsui’s earlier practice in this medium and its continued evolution, complimented by a range of signature bottle cap works. Cofounded by Kobi Mintah, Kwame Mintah and Valentina Mintah, Efiɛ Gallery is a contemporary art gallery specialising in the promotion of African artists from within the continent and the diaspora, with a focus on West African art. The gallery represents both mid-career and established artists and supports the sharing of their works in the Middle
East, creating a platform for collaboration and exchange between the two regions.
“The term ‘shard’ goes back to the fundamental unit in El Anatsui’s work– the broken fragment of the ceramic pot, the bit, or piece– that has undergone a process of rupture and division. But ‘shard’ here, communicates the quality and potential of the broken piece– of something that’s edges are left bare; exposed but ultimately, ‘free’.