SMO Contemporary Art presents WANDERLUST, a collective exhibition of paintings, mixed media, photography, and sculpture by six artists with strong roots in Germany and Nigeria.
The exhibition which [as its name suggests] draws on our collective ‘desire to travel and explore the world’, will open on Saturday, July 8 to run through September 15, 2017, showcasing 36 exceptional works by six leading and emerging artists; Chidi Kwubiri, Emeka Udemba, Jimmy Nwanne Junkman from Afrika, Numero Unoma and Yetunde Ayeni-Babaeko.
The term ‘Wanderlust’ is deeply ingrained in the creative DNA of these six artists with strong roots in Germany and Nigeria, who have adventured and experienced living across borders. Responding to a frequently polarized and fragmented world, these artists explore the internal and external aspects of Wanderlust – especially vis-a-vis migration issues in Africa and Europe, and the walk across the world of many refugees seeking safe haven. The works touch on the modern reality and ancient roots of exploration, seen from the unique perspective of Nigerian-German Wanderers.
The curator, Sandra Mbanefo Obiago of SMO Contemporary Art says “Wanderlust is a term which I believe comes closest to the essence of why we migrate. Be it for rest and recreation, spiritual upliftment, the excitement of discovering new cultures, or whether it is in the quest for education, economic prosperity, conquest, or an escape from poverty, war and terrorism, human beings have for centuries been in a constant state of migration…”
EXHIBITION OPENING: Saturday, July 8, 2017
TIME: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
VENUE: The Wheatbaker, 4 Onitolo Road (Former Lawrence Rd), Ikoyi.
This event is sponsored by The Wheatbaker, Deutsche Bank, Still Earth Holding, Louis Gontrum, Elalan Construction Company, and the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Lagos
About SMOContemporary Art
SMO Contemporary Art specializes in showcasing contemporary art in non-traditional exhibition spaces, focusing on established and emerging artists based in Africa and the Diaspora.
Founded by social activist, art collector, and filmmaker, Sandra Mbanefo Obiago, SMO holds cutting edge art exhibitions which showcase masters and exciting new talent expressing their creativity through art, performance, film & new media.
SMO is experienced in organizing symposia, conferences, training and events, which provide a platform for the creative industry to inspire and strengthen humanity’s aspiration for the good society.