|Art piece by Bruce Onobrakpeya|
Contemporary Art (CCA) will be having an exhibition titled LineGuage, as a high-point of its 10th
year anniversary celebration.
collection of works by Bruce Onobrakpeya, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Victor Ekpuk,
Chijioke Onuora, Amarachi Okafor, Odun Orimolade, Stacey Okparavero, Rahima
Gambo and Jess Atieno, will hold from Dec. 8, 2018 to Feb. 22, 2019 at the CCA
in Yaba, Lagos, with Iheanyi Onwuegbucha as Curator.
that “LineGuage explores the co-creation of imagery between
African artists and writers, a relationship which developed in the 1950s and
has continued into contemporary art in Africa but is seldom discussed.
this symbiotic relationship have been nurtured by several leading artists and
writers in the continent. For example, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Ibrahim El-Salahi
deftly condensed the ideas of several writers into prints and lyrical drawings
respectively, while Chinua Achebe’s books found familiar expressions in the works
of Victor Ekpuk and Chijioke Onuora.
Orimolade, Amarachi Okafor, Stacey Okparavero, Rahima Gambo and Jess Atieno
have invested their creative energies to visually interpret Kintu,
a novel by Ugandan author Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi.
The exhibition captures a binocular perspective
of this relationship between writer and artist and hopes to inspire a new
conversation on the subject.
in conversation with the books which they illustrate or which has inspired
them, the exhibition underscores how artists not only co-create images with
authors but engage with the visual intellection processes of illustration that
emphasize the economy of form and visual language through linear rendering of
subjects in a way that “less is said, and more is yet said.”