It’s often said that art must reflect the times it exists in, the reality surrounding it, which inspires its creation.
At the moment, globally, no reality is more urgent, frustrating and ultimately, heart-breaking; as migration, abandonment and displacement and subsequently – hopefully- integration, acceptance by strangers.
It is this trying time in history which remains present till today that continues to stretch what we regard as evil, and what tolerance truly means is what mixed media artist, Ngozi Schommers captures in her body of work, “We Are Not Welcome Here” and which opened at leading contemporary space, Rele Gallery.
In her series, she strings together/represents lives of millions of refugees, displaced persons using fragments of other materials, of other creative endeavour: figures, paintings, drawings and photographs. She preoccupies herself with these diverse materials, reminiscent perhaps of the legion, different, social, economic, political circumstances, decisions, actions that have given birth to this global crisis we have on our hands. Curator, Jude Anogwih says of her work, “She is a material girl! Her influences are multiple but mainly experiential and existential encounters and factors such as aftermaths and retrospections.”
The exhibition recorded a first in the history of the gallery with two major openings, with guests were kept sated and their tastes entertained with Fat Bastard wines on hand, the impressive French wine label which online launched in Nigeria two months ago but is fast becoming the preferred choice at every event that matters.
The exhibition will be on till the 28th of February 2016.