Where: ADA \ contemporary art gallery, Accra
Open: Wed–Sat 11.00 - 18.00 & Sun 12.00 – 17.00
Price: Free Admission
ADA \ contemporary art gallery presents The Politics of Shared Spaces, a solo exhibition by Nigerian-born artist Eniwaye Oluwaseyi.
Self-taught artist Oluwaseyi, will exhibit 12 large-scale figurative works, exploring notions of race and class in relation to power dynamics, as well as black identities and narratives.
As guests enter the exhibition space they are presented with a quote on the wall by Franklin D. Roosevelt, which reinforces Oluwaseyi’s perception of shared space:
"If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together, in the same world, at peace".
The figures in the paintings representative of marginalised communities, Black youths, albinos and more. Echoes of the #EndSars movement are prominent in his work, as Oluwaseyi draws on the current socio-political climate in Nigeria, racial conflicts, injustice and the friction between traditional norms and modernity.
His works are an embodiment of the term people of colour, Oluwaseyi uses bold and rich colours to form a depth within each figure, and daring to combine unusual colour palettes going “beyond the border of religion, race and tradition”.
Watch the behind the scenes video for The Politics of Shared Spaces here
Words: Kunbi Oshodi
Image: Eniwaye Oluwaseyi, A moment in time (family house), 2020