Nigerian artist, Uche Uzorka among headliners of Germany art show

April 10, 2015

Nigerian artist, Uche Uzorka has been selected along with nine other professionals from countries across Africa to showcase their works at an exclusive exhibition at the famous Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth University, Germany on May 30, 2015. After being closed for the past 18 months for refurbishment, the Iwalewahaus, according to a statement from its press office, is expected to come alive again with this event tagged the Mashup exhibition. ‘Mashup is an exhibition of artworks by contemporary artists from Africa that have been generated during the research project ‘Mash up the Archive’ which took place at Iwalewa House in Bayreuth over the last two years. The project has so far been accompanied by two ‘Mash up the Archive-Festivals’ in 2012 and 2013.’ According to Arly Kosi of the Iwalewahaus press office: ‘Nine renowned artists from South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Angola, Ghana and Tanzania will be showcasing their artworks on this global platform. They include Kevo Stero and Otieno Gomba (Kenya), Thenjiwe Nki Nkosi and Pamela Sunstrum from Johannesburg (South Africa), and Angolan-born artist Delio Jasse. ‘Uche Uzorka from Lagos (Nigeria) started with a position; that the openness of archive is deceptive and that it refuses more than it allows. The artist obsessively shredded archival documents during his residency and created artworks from the shredded material. Whereas his graphics formally take reference to artworks of the Nigerian Nsukka-School, that are part of the collection at Iwalewahaus,’ Arly stated, adding that, ‘Alongside the visual artist residencies, two musicians were also invited to respond to the music archive of Iwalewahaus. DJ Raph from Kenya and the Angolan-born Batida remixed and reworked the traditional dance music of the archives. Their remixes will be played at the opening party on May 30, 2015.’ Kenyan curator, Sam Hopkins is reported to have developed the concept for this project, which is being actualized at Iwalewahaus in Bayreuth. Arly also revealed that: ‘The artworks generated during the artist residencies, also presents the artist book An archaeology of Loss by Sam Hopkins and Simon Rittmeier (Germany) which explores the idea of an empty archive. ‘The exhibition will be accompanied by two roundtables; Aura: The Object in Postcolonial Art collections and Mashup as Defiance: Culture, Appropriation and Postcolonialism.’…

Source: The Net NG

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