We strongly believe that art has the power to transform and can be the catalyst for the positive change we want to see in society. That is why every quarter since we've been open, we take the opportunity to showcase the works of a local artist from the Niger Delta. Most, if not all, of the artists selected, have never had the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly. Art in public spaces should be more common, and our little effort helps to make art more accessible to all, with different price points on offer so everyone can take a little piece of artwork home with them.
Afro Contemporary Jargar Jargar
This was a self-curated exhibition by JC Bright in December 2019, exploring issues of identity, politics, and consent. Some of the artworks were from his personal Sopono series that examined life in Nigeria.
Passages of Time
These black and white charcoal and pencil drawings by young artist Mirabel Soni-Obele in February 2020 looked at how as a society we view ageism, beauty, questions of time, and what life stories are privileged enough to be written on our faces as we age.
Tomorrow, The Sun Will Shine
Artist Innocent Chikezie's use of bright colors and images takes us back to when life was simpler and easy. After the long months of lockdown and restriction of movements due to Covid19, his exhibition in May 2021 brought back smiles and hope for a brighter future. It was also one of our more successful art exhibitions, as his works have been sold to art collectors in the UK and US.
I Said No
Artist Linda Ozioma Adiele discovered art later in life and her exhibition in October 2020 explored current issues of gender-based violence, rape, racism, body shaming, discriminators, and brutality. However, not all her art pieces had such heavy issues as the focus; there were some lighter artworks that depicted moments of celebration and happiness.
Silent Heritage: Postcards from Opobo Kingdom
Bell-Gam Obiesigha's photo exhibition in July 2021 showcased life in Opobo - highlighting the war canoes and everyday life. Each postcard-sized image was stamped with King Jaja as the postage stamp, and the interactive exhibition format allowed for a different story to be told each day, as guests were allowed to interact creatively with them and move them around.
Afro Surrealism: An Analogous Dialogue
Dumbor Debeeh uses ballpoint pens on paper to take us to an imagined fantasy world, navigating and narrating Nigeria's history with colonialism, war, oil exploration, and environmentalism. His images, while captivating, also invites you to interact with them, allowing you to escape for a moment and dream with him.