Africa

“Deconstruct the past, dream the future”

Multicultural exhibition of two artists about the subject of time, heritage and transformation

July 12th, 2017
Nadine Dinh, CD News
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From July 5th to July 31st 2017, in London the art gallery, 50 Golborne, presents “The No Longer And The Not Yet: Lagos x Johannesburg” exhibition realised by two artists, one Nigerian-born, Brooklyn-based Olalekan Jeyifous and South African Jake Singer. They both provide their respective visions on Lagos and Johannesburg.

 

In this exhibition the two artists used the notion of Time to express themselves. They perceive the landscape and the city as a constant movement between destruction and construction, as are order and chaos.

Olalekan Jeyifous, who was initially trained as an architect, used different materials for his artworks, including hand-cut paper collages to digital sketches. The artist said: “the city generates a natural tension between the given, and the ways in which it is neither wholly known nor imagined but continuously constructed”. He is referred as an “Afrofuturism” by the Professor John Jenning who said that Afrofuturism “is about imagining different spaces of creative thought that don’t put your identity in a box”.

For Olalekan Jeyifous, the city of Lagos is by itself an Afro futurist motif. He tried to associate the decaying of presence of the ex-colonial power and the period of appropriation after independence with his own vision of the city by imagining Lagos as Derrida’s “City of Refuge”.

On the other hand, Jake Singer’s works include photographs, abstract drawings and sculpture. His artworks focus more on the modernity of the city, between regression ad progression, order and chaos, pain and ecstasy. He wants to show that “the rigor of order cannot overcome destruction and that no man can dream of having a total control of his life and environment”.

Jake Singer was born around the end of the Apartheid. He shows us how no to be scared by the chaos that lies beyond the old order and how to create from its crumbling debris.

Both artists give a critical look at time and the order of the world. They want to show that nothing is eternal and the people need to learn to cooperate more to create a better future which is in a constant shifting. They promote social and cultural change for the future.

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