Tiwani Contemporary launches - a new London gallery with a focus on Contemporary Art from Africa

The gallery launches with its inaugural show The Tie that Binds Us.
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Dec. 13, 2011 - PRLog -- The Tie That Binds Us, features the work of Mary Evans, Oyekan Lawson, Emeka Ogboh, Adolphus Opara and Ben Osaghae, five artists who share a common Nigerian heritage. In their work they explore the diverse social and cultural issues of their environment through a variety of media, including paper, photography, sculpture, painting, video and sound.

Located in Fitzrovia, Tiwani Contemporary will be informed by the contemporary visual art and culture of Nigeria, from across Africa and its diaspora as well as the Global South and present to an increasingly interested London audience.

Director, Ayo Adeyinka said, “As contemporary art patronage becomes more diverse, so does collector interest for "new" artistic frontiers. For many of these collectors, modern and contemporary art from Africa remain excitingly under-explored.”

Tiwani Contemporary will work in collaboration with the Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos), to devise a dynamic and innovative art and public programme. Bisi Silva, Director/Curator CCA, Lagos said of the relationship, “This initiative presents a new format in which both organisations intend to leverage their experience, the advantages of their location and their wide network in Africa. We are pleased to be involved in a project that will highlight some of the activities happening in the burgeoning Nigerian and African cultural sector.”

Director, Maria Varnava added, “Our public programme intends to engage not only our UK audiences but also those in Africa and its diaspora. An area of focus includes addressing the informational vacuum that exists on Modern and Contemporary art from Africa. There is an urgency to create a vigorous documentation programme, providing in many cases the first publication for many of the exhibiting artists.”

The Tie that Binds Us will until 21 January 2012 at Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP.

Hi-res images of individual works available on request.

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Tiwani Contemporary

Tiwani Contemporary will focus principally on contemporary artists based in Nigeria, from across Africa and its diaspora as well from the Global South.  The gallery’s aim is to present the works of emerging and established artists to a London institutional, corporate and collector base. In addition to its commercial activities, Tiwani Contemporary intends to present a dynamic and innovative public programme that will include publications, talks, panel discussions, curated projects and events within the gallery space as well as in collaboration with other partners in London and across the UK.

CCA Lagos

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA, Lagos) is an independent non-profit making visual art organisation. CCA, Lagos was set up in December 2007 to provide a platform for the development, presentation, and discussion of contemporary visual art and culture. CCA, Lagos prioritises visual art practice in lens based media such as photography, film and video as well as performance art and installation art, which have been under-presented in contemporary Nigerian artistic practice. CCA, Lagos consists of a gallery space, a visual art library and resource centre.

Adolphus Opara  (B. 1982) Lives and Works in Lagos, Nigeria. He studied Photojournalism at the Nigerian institute of Journalism, Lagos – Nigeria (2007). Opara has participated in several exhibitions in Nigeria and internationally including; First Photo Africa, Spain, 2008, LagosPhoto, Various Venues, Lagos, 2010 (Cat.), African Lace, Museum fur Vulkerkunde, Vienna, Austria 2010 and National Museum, Nigeria 2011 Nigeria. (Cat.), Nigerians Behind the Lens, Bonhams, London, (Publ) Nigeria, Our Nigeria, Abuja, 2011. (Cat.) Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, 2011, A Sustainable World, 9th Bamako Encounters, National Museum of Mali, Bamako, 2011 (Cat.)

Emeka Ogboh (B. 1977) lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. He obtained a BA in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is the co-founder of the Video Art Network, Lagos and a member of the African Centre for Cities project on African Urbanism. Recent exhibitions include ARS11, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland (2011) Imag[in]ing Cities, The Amin Gulgee Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan. (2011) The Green Summary, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2010) Afropolis, Rauternstrauch-Joset Museum, Cologne, Germany (2010), Localities, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Roskilde, Denmark (2010).

Ben Osaghae (B. 1962) lives and works in Lagos.  He studied Fine Art majoring in Painting at Auchi School of Art, Auchi, Nigeria.  From 1991-95 he was a senior instructor in Painting, Life Drawing and History of Art at Auchi Polytechnic. In 1995, he set up his fulltime studio Arthours. He has taken part in several solo and group exhibitions in Nigeria and West Africa including a solo exhibition Cascades, Terra Kulture Lagos, (2010), Maiden Journey, Signature Gallery, Lagos (1995), The Poetry of Feeling, Didi Museum, Lagos (1997) and group show The last Picture Show (toured to Douala and Paris 2011), Oasis, Mydrim Gallery (1998), and The Train, National Museum, Lagos 2002.

Mary Evans (B. 1963) was born in Nigeria and moved to England at a young age.  She lives and works in London.  She studied Fine Art Painting at GLOSCAT, Goldsmiths College and Rijksakademie.  She has taken in part in several exhibitions in the UK and internationally including solo exhibitions Meditations,  (2008) Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore USA, Scope, (2001), Cafe Gallery Projects, Filter, Leighton House Museum, (1997), London as well as groups exhibitions; Farewell to Post-Colonialism, 3rd Guangzhou Triennale, (2008), Guangzhou, China, Port City, (2007) Arnolfini, Bristol and A Fiction of Authencity Contemporary Africa Abroad, (2003) Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, USA and Tour

Oyekan Lawson (B. 1961) was born in London but grew up in Nigeria until he returned to England to study at Central St Martin’s and The Royal College of Art. Oyekan has shown his work nationally and internationally winning the grand prize at the First World Ceramic Biennale in South Korea. He has participated in residencies at the Northern Clay Centre, Minneapolis, USA, The Portland Sculpture and Quarry Trust, Dorset, UK, Maryland Institute of Art, Baltimore.

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