Augie-Kuta focuses on Alternative Evil in first solo exhibition

Award-winning artist and photographer, Aisha Augie-Kuta, would be holding her first solo exhibition, Alternative Evil, November 13 at the IICD CENTER, Maitama, Abuja.

The mixed media artworks, according to the exhibition’s curator, Nduwhite Ahanonu, will explore the effects of smokeless tobacco, tobacco smoking and the new fad of smoking electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) called ‘vaping’.

Mr. Ahanonu, in a press conference on September 18, explained that the artist using tobacco and smoke fumes as a material and a subject, aims to trigger a dialogue on addiction, exploitation, health and the ironies of advertising a harmful product in Nigeria.

Aisha Augie
Aisha Augie

Ms. Augie-Kuta disclosed that her interest on the subject stemmed from her personal work with teenagers of which 90 per cent of them between the ages of 14 and 19 find the idea of smoking ‘cool’ until it evolves into an addiction.

“Creating dialogues and looking at the diverted influence of smoking, as put rightly in an advert thus; “WHY QUIT, SWITCH TO BLU” or RISE FROM THE ASHES etc, is one of the objectives of this exhibition. Her trajectory stems from messages like this in E-Cigar Promotions and also the fact that they use role models and sensational languages that captivates you. In addition, young people, do not only see it as cool but will eventually smoke cigarettes when addicted,” Mr. Ahanonu stated.

Ms. Augie-Kuta, whose awards include a Future Award for Creative Person of the Year, is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She holds an M.Sc. in Media and Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos.

Aisha Augie

She has been a professional photographer and artist for over seven years and, according to her, uses her art to grab the attention of people and society.

“I use it for different causes; from support for cancer to sickle cell, poverty alleviation and entrepreneurship development. As it is said, a photograph says more than a thousand words, and I realised that I had a voice that would be listened to through photography,” she said.

Alternative Evil will show installations made from tobacco ashes, sprinkled tobacco leaves and discarded found objects, video, photograph and other mixed media.


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  • Mayo

    Due process is the reason why the Boston bomber was treated of his wounds after he was arrested, the authorities were not able to question him til the doctors had deemed him stable enough to be questioned, he was given a fair trial (complete with lawyers) and then finally found guilty. The Boston bomber did not afford any of his victims these opportunities but he enjoyed the same privilege he had denied others. And since his conviction was ‘by the book’, the possibility of his sentence being overturned is practically zero.

    One of the reasons why due process is very important (even if the accused did not give others the same chance) is that it prevents the innocent from falling victim of the system. Remember the Aluu 4 – the 4 Uniport Students who were tortured to death by villagers simply because they went to get money from someone who owed one of them and the person shouted ‘thief thief’. The villagers descended on the boys and brutally murdered them. The villagers even recorded the whole sordid detail and shared the videos. That is the danger of not having due process.

    • Murtala Aliyu

      Thank you for this Mayo.

  • Guguru

    This is a poorly written article based on fluff.