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African Art Takes Art SG 2024

19 – 21 January 2024 | Marina Bay Sands

Art SG, Southeast Asia’s biggest international art fair, returns for its second year. With more than 110 galleries from 33 countries, this years fair brings an impressive roster of galleries both regional and global–Three of which are advocating for the African Continent.


 

Ken Nwadiogbu | A Solo Presentation


Artist Ken Nwadiogbu at the Retro Africa Booth | Art SG 2024 | Retro Africa Booth FC28
Artist Ken Nwadiogbu at the Retro Africa Booth | Art SG 2024 | Retro Africa Booth FC28


For its first participation at ART SG art fair in Singapore, Retro Africa presents, Journey Mercies: A Migration Symphony, a solo presentation of works by Nigerian artist Ken Nwadiogbu. Ken’s new body of colourful conceptual works mix hyperrealism with contemporary elements, addressing black representation, identity, displacement, and socio-political control.


Through his work, Ken Nwadiogbu delves into his personal experiences while also offering a social commentary on the experiences of others. Each theme that arises from these experiences play a pivotal role in shaping his creative process.



 

A Group presentation


Yinka Shonibare CBE RA African Bird Magic (Sakalava Rail) I, 2023   Patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and Dutch wax printed cotton textile Work: 125 x 92 cm (49.2 x 36.2 in.) Unique
Yinka Shonibare CBE RA African Bird Magic (Sakalava Rail) I, 2023 Patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and Dutch wax printed cotton textile Work: 125 x 92 cm (49.2 x 36.2 in.) Unique

Goodman Gallery’s ART SG 2024 presentation spotlights Global South artists of different generations, from rising international talent to household names. 


Featured artists include: Yto Barrada, Nicholas Hlobo, William Kentridge, Misheck Masamvu, Cassi Namoda, Sam Nhlengethwa, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Tavares Strachan, Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum and Clive van den Berg.


 

A Group presentation



Alimi Adewale | Contemplative Repose Seated Elegance | Acrylic on mixed media 160 x 140 cm
Alimi Adewale | Contemplative Repose Seated Elegance | Acrylic on mixed media 160 x 140 cm

Along with artists from China, Nigeria, Slovakia, the UK, and USA,Pearl Lam Galleries, a driving force in Asia’s contemporary art scene, will be showcasing four artists from Nigeria–Alimi Adewale (b. 1974, Nigeria), Samson Akinnire (b. 1986, Nigeria),Babajide Olatunji (b. 1989, Nigeria) and Deborah Segun (b. 1994, Nigeria).


Newly represented Artist by Pearl Lam Galleries, Alimi Adewale, showcases his recent series, Figurative Fusion, which is an exploration of the intersection between traditional realism and contemporary abstraction in the realm of figurative painting. It is a testament to the artist’s ability to harmonise diverse artistic elements, offering a fresh perspective on the expressive potential of the human figure in contemporary art.  This is similar to the subliminal glimpse of the unseen through the interplay of waste and wealth by the art of multi-disciplinary contemporary artist Samson Akinnire. His prolific artistic production spans a variety of styles, captivating viewers with its transformative power.


Deborah Segun’s paintings can be described as a fusion of Cubism and abstraction. She embraces a playful and purist approach, prioritising form over intricate details, and explores diverse artistic mediums. Her works primarily revolve around figurative representations, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. In contrast, self-taught London-based artist Babajide Olatunji's collection delves into the traditional practice of facial scarification, which has been historically used by rural ethnic tribes in Nigeria for identification and caste classification purposes.


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