Banana Republic – Muyiwa Akinwolere and Agemo Francis
A Whitespace Creative Agency, Lagos, Nigeria30 Nov 2019 - 14 Dec 2019
The Banana Republic exhibition is a satirical take on happenings in the political, social and economic sphere of Nigeria. The artists explore the voice of the citizen lampooned in their daily and national life, sitting squarely with the big elephant in the room –CORRUPTION!
The series poses a provocation to the viewer, on the serious issues that fail to be given due attention, whilst finding hope in humour. The Banana Republic is a dual exhibition featuring Muyiwa Akinwolere and Agemo Francis. The two artists collocated in Badagry but working from two very different perspectives.
The Banana Republic exhibition will be produced and presented by A Whitespace Creative Agency.
Muyiwa Akinwolere (born 1976 ) is a contemporary Nigerian artist. He studied art in the Obafemi Awolowo University, His artistic journey began from the ancient town of Oshogbo, where he had his primary education. There he became fascinated with the works of Sussane Wenger and a number of artists of the Osogbo art school. Muyiwa’s early practice was centered around Yoruba mythology and the workings of the supernatural.
Agemo Sewanu Francis is a Nigerian born Artist. He lives and works today in Badagry and studied fine art at Delta State University Abraka 2008 where he majored in Sculpture. He chooses the Art and elements that forged his youth. Agemo indered grown under the influence of the Art and cultures of the sources of it’s village . His grandfather was one of the dignitary traditional worshippers of his village. Agemo has therefore been raised surrounded by objects: statuettes, totems, mask e.t.c whose used by grandfather. These sources of inspirations, inserted thoroughly in his work and he also poses a look at the duality between tradition and contemporaneity.