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Tiwani Contemporary Lagos opens monumental show by Samuel Nnorom

Nov 24, 2023–Jan 13, 2024 | Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos Nigeria

Entitled, Emotional Catch, Samuel Nnorom's solo exhibition features a series of variable scaled sculptures that are visual metaphors exploring and speaking texturally to a multitude of social conditions that are topically shaping our lived experiences.

Installation image of 'Emotional Catch' | Photo Credit Juanita Lorentzen
Installation image of 'Emotional Catch' | Photo Credit Juanita Lorentzen

Inherent to Nnorom's practice and discernible in his usage of salvaged fabric, are critical observations around artisanal provenance and history, the geopolitical and economic conditions raising consumer aspirations and demand, and the environmental impact and management of post-consumer waste.

Ankara, the offcuts of waxed cloth that Nnorom's sculptures are largely composed from, has historically become synonymous with African textiles, of which the methodology and its production had originated in Indonesia as a technique and handwoven practice, which was co-opted commercially by the Dutch and British during the 19th century, and found popular markets and appreciation in West and Central Africa. Since the mid noughties, the market has been undercut by Chinese manufacturers, which has systematically undermined the provenance and production of continent based textile production.

Installation image of 'Emotional Catch' | Photo Credit Juanita Lorentzen
Installation image of 'Emotional Catch' | Photo Credit Juanita Lorentzen

Nnorom's wall, floor-based and suspended sculptures are forms inspired by the shape and proliferation of globules; bubbles that emerge capturing gas momentarily and held until bursting apart. He is interested in the rapid expansion and movement of bubble formations and how these characteristics speaks to different life situations that arise; the suspended moments arrived at to take certain decisions and actions, and the adaption to the consequences of those decisions, shaping a new experiential terrain and pathway. Nnorom's studio weaves, rolls, assembles, stiches and sews together constellations of bubbles, bindles, and ribboned strips; daily activities industriously performed as a metaphor for survival, connection, and aspiration to manifest transformations.

Works in the exhibition such as Holding On A Little Longer, and Path Within, 2023 materially render and connect a varied bundle of topics regarding life, the Covid-19 pandemic, introspection, migration, trade, identity formation, and sovereignty.

Opening Time: Tue - Sat: 10am to 6pm and by appointment

Location: 13 Elsie Femi Pearse Street | Victoria Island 24 Cork Street | London | W1S 3NG



Installation image of 'Emotional Catch' | Photo Credit Juanita Lorentzen

Born in Nigeria in 1990, Samuel Nnorom is a multi-award-winning artist whose work poetically crosses tapestry-like sculpture and pre-loved Ankara wax fabric. Since early childhood, elements that now shape his contemporary practice have surrounded him: sketching portraits of customers who visited his father’s shoe shop and playing with colorful scraps from his mother’s tailoring workshop crystallized his artistic vocation.

Currently living and working in Nsukka, Samuel Nnorom holds an MFA in sculpture from the University of Nigeria, UNN Nsuka. He runs numerous workshops and residencies in England, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Nigeria. Recent solo exhibitions include: Truth and Conspiracy, Primo Marella Gallery, Milano, Italy, 2023; Points of Departure, Galerie Art Mûr 5826, rue St-Hubert Montréal, Canada, 2023; Politics of Clothes, The Mitochondria Gallery, Houston TX, USA, 2023; Politics of Fabrics, an Expository solo exhibition, The Guest Artist Space G.A.S., Yinka Shonibare Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria, 2023; Immigration and Integration, The Art House, Wakefield, UK. Nnorom is also the global prize winner of the “Art for Change Award 2022” organized by M&C Saatchi and Saatchi Group.

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