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SOTO Gallery is a Lagos-based exhibition space that showcases contemporary African art in unique and innovative ways. They promote community-oriented, forward-thinking, and inclusive art practices through their extensive range of exhibitions, talks, and workshops. Featuring newly-commissioned works across painting, works on paper, and installations, the exhibition draws attention to charcoal’s long history as an artistic medium, dating as far back as early cave paintings to its use among Renaissance artists in preparatory sketches. The artists in this show, in extending and complicating this history, locate their use of charcoal within long, rich traditions in contemporary African art.
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Where Uche Uzorka explores an expanse of materials quite unpredictably with charcoal drawings on paper; Chukwumereogo Okeke addresses strong themes of patriarchy and its entrenchment in African society, and Joel Chima’s mixed-media works to find a compelling meeting point between the two aforementioned artists. Using a range of recycled materials such as beverage cans, copper wire, acrylic, and charcoal, Chima expresses humanity’s terse relationship with its own mortality and the environment that supports its existence.
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Charred Visions: Textures and Tensions opens to the public this Friday 14th April, and closes on Sunday 30th April 2023. Make it a date with us at Soto.
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