The exhibition runs for two weeks.
A contemporary artist, Chidi Kwubiri, would open an exhibition of his latest works at Temple Muse, Lagos, on October 26.
The exhibition, titled Mother Tongue, would feature 23 works made up of large canvases, card-based paintings, as well as a series of strong, conceptual sculptures- all touching on global politics and humanity.
“I just do things in my mother tongue. This is a way I want to express myself,” says Kwubiri, 47, a graduate of the Art Academy of Dusseldorf, Germany.
Kwubiri has spent the last two decades working and exhibiting globally, while based in Germany.
In Mother Tongue, he takes a visual journey back to his artistic and cultural memory of his home town, Umuahia, Abia State.
The Director of Art Cologne, Gérard Goodrow, described Kwubiri’s working method as a reflection of his complex personality – an oscillation between his African heritage and his new life as an internationally active artist living in Germany.
“Chidi Kwubiri combines the abstract, tone-in-tone surface structure created by the emphatic sprinkling of acrylic paint on large format canvases with perfectly defined, static figures that border on photorealism, ” said Goodrow, whose Art Cologne is the world’s oldest art fair of modern and contemporary art.
In Compassion, one of the works to be exhibited, two bald figures in warm embrace are engulfed in a tranquil blue world.
In another work, Circumcision, a young girl stares in silent defiance into space, with her red anger against an unjust world broken by a string of beads crowning her head, from which dangles an exposed razor blade.
“The injustice, heat and tension in Circumcision and the tranquil blue peace of Compassion, shows us an artist who uses colour to make strong statements,” said Sandra Mbanefo-Obiago, the exhibition’s Curator.
“Kwubiri is one of our best Nigerian ambassadors, and shows how masterly technique, cutting edge creativity coupled with humanity and political consciousness can be a source of hope and inspiration for this generation,” Mbanefo-Obiago added.
The exhibition, which runs from October 26 to November 12, is sponsored by First Hydrocarbon of Nigeria Ltd, Ogunbiyi Fine Art, the Global Energy Group, Elalan Construction Company, Veuve Clicquot, and the Goethe Institute.
“We are delighted to be hosting Kwubiri’s homecoming at Temple Muse, a platform for the best of international and home grown creativity. Kwubiri is internationally celebrated, and at the same time, has a strong collector’s base in Nigeria,” said Avinash Wadhwani, Artistic Director and co-owner of Temple Muse.
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