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Next Episode

Contemporary Nigerian artist, Stanley Dudu has been consistent with monochrome, those who are familiar with his artworks can attest to this and it might surprise most of them when they see his recent works as he has introduced a hint of colour to his artworks.

This was observed during his last solo art exhibition of charcoal and pastel drawings titled: Next Episode. “My artworks are  monochrome, but I have introduced colour to it, and the intensity of the colours are much stronger unlike some years back when I was just beginning to experiment; putting colour to the monochrome,” he explained.

 The exhibition took place at Alexis Galleries, Victoria Island Lagos. Dudu said: “I am transiting from New Episode to Next Episode phase, which is why I chose the theme for this exhibition. The theme is sequel to my previous show, my first solo show titled New Episode.”

Another reason why he chose this theme according to him is to create continuity for the two exhibitions “because there is a sort of relationship between the two phases (New Episode and Next Episode), the medium and subjects are the same.”

He continued: “The rendition has also changed because I have better works now. What I will be showcasing won’t be just mere drawings because it is daring to be different.”

According to him, the touch of colour is to put a twist to his works, “even as much as I will like to create an identity for myself, in terms of maintaining monochrome,” he said.

This artist who described himself as a realist, graduated from Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State. He has participated in various group exhibitions.

“Dudu's works make me cry,” said Patty Chidiac, the exhibition curator and the gallery owner, while explaining how she feels about the artist’s works. “The works they depict everyday activities in Nigeria. You could see market scene, children playing and pretending to be mummy and daddy.

“His drawings are very emotional, they are the type of pieces you cannot resist. Dudu is now going through a more powerful series, a darker series; darker as in pigment, in charcoal, more expression and much better proportion,” she explained passionately. 

The exhibition was well attended and over 30 works were sold.

USA museum recognizes African artists


Contemporary Nigerian artist, George Edozie has revealed that his works will be on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Miami, United States of America (USA).

Edozie said this during a media chat in Lagos, adding that the show titled; Shifting the Paradigm, will open on December 1 and runs until February 26, 2015. “I am looking at showing our culture to the international community,” he said. 

He asserted that his works for this show will not focus on the negative part of Nigeria; rather the works will showcase the positive side of Africa and its culture.
“The works are not business as usual where an artist complains about where he lives.  Africans are corrupt, Nigerians are corrupt, just a little chunk of the population, not everyone.
“The earlier we start showing the world the positive part of where we are coming from, the better for us. I am not going to paint a bad picture of Nigeria with my works,” he said.

George Edozie will display seven paintings of mixed media and seven massive fabric sculptures, which he produced within three months. The works are titled in Igbo language and depict Onisha culture in Anambra State, where the artists come from.

The Director of Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Miami, United States of America (USA), Dr Babacar M’Bow, who is the  first African-American heading the museum, believes there should be a paradigm change the way African art is being viewed and presented because it has made imparts in contemporary art.

For this reason, the museum is organising this exhibition and Edozie will be representing Africa. 

“Edozie’s inspirational compositions and the way he uses the fabric to present traditional spirit and interpret them in a contemporary fashion,” is why he was selected to represent Africa said Chinwe Uwatse, who is the curator of the Nigeria side of the show, “not necessarily the names everybody has been hearing, but to show something fresh, new, inspiring, exuberant for the world to know who we are, what we are and what we are capable of doing.”

While Professor of Africana Studies and Director of Philosophy, International and Culture (PIC), Department of Africana Studies, Binghamton University, USA, Prof Nkiru Nzegwu and the owner of Africa House in New York, USA, is the curator of the exhibition in USA.