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Moremi’s ‘View from the Masters’ on view at Alexis Galleries

Moremi Art Exhibition, entitled: View from the Masters, in honour of the legendary Queen Moremi Ajasoro, opens on Sunday, 9th May, at Alexis Galleries. Organised by Alexis Galleries in association with Princess Ronke Ademiluyi of House of Oduduwa.
The exhibition according to them, stands to facilitate a dialogue around women’s role as non-violent advocates and leaders. The travelling exhibition also aims to inspire women to champion peace and non-violence activism, and stand as role models to future generations of strong, powerful women.
View from the Masters runs till Friday, 14th June, 2019. Featuring Abayomi Barber, Bruce Onobrakpeya, Kolade Oshinowo, Bunmi Babatunde, Abiodun Olaku, Gbenga Offo, Reuben Ugbine, Chinwe Uwatse, Tola Wewe, Sam Ovraiti, Duke Asidere, Dominique Zinkpe, Fidelis Odogwu, Sam Ebohon, Tony Nsofor, Edosa Ogiugo, Alex Nwokolo, Mavua Lessor, Segun Aiyesan, Ato Arinze, Zinno Orara, Diseye Tantua, Joshua Nmesirionye, Gerry Nnubia, John Oyedemi, Joe Essien, Abraham Uyovbisere, Gab Awusa and Gerald Chukwuma.
Telling Moremi’s story through visual art by twenty-eight Masters, who have stood the test of time on the stage of art is not by accident; it’s history making history – making history with the people who are in the history,” says the founder and director, Alexis Galleries/Curator, Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis.
The exhibition is a travelling show, which moves from Lagos to London, New York, Dubai, Lebanon, etc. “We are making history with artists whose names are already part of history,’’ Chidiac-Mastrogiannis adds.
In his reaction to the number of female artists involved in the exhibition, Ovraiti says: “We need the impact. It is not about the number.”
To Ato Arinze, “I have heard several versions of the Moremi story. But I hope to tell the authentic story of a mother, a protective caregiver to the society.” In his view, Gerry Nnubia described Moremi as “a very beautiful woman who explored her beauty to save her people.”
Some of the works expected at the show include metal sculptures, paintings and mixed media.
“The show is to keep the legacies of Moremi embedded in our memories. It is a story of leadership and how she took a bold step to save her people. Moremi was a sacrificial leader,’’ says the Global Ambassador, Queen Moremi Ajasoro Initiative, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi.
The organised revealed that part of the proceeds will be donated to an NGO in Ile-Ife of the Ooni’s choice, his Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and to the Fine Art Department, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife.
Moremi Art Exhibition: View from the Masters; is sponsored by Pepsi, Amstel Malt, The Guardian, ITB Construction, Wazobia TV, Cool FM, La Cave, Mikano, Cobranet Internet Service Provider, Delta Airline, The Homestores and Art Café.

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