Event Time & Date: 18th April – 6th May – 2017
Organiser: The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) | firstname.lastname@example.org | +44(0)207 287 7400
Event website: Nigeria/Tanzania – A Group Exhibition
Event cost: Free
The Gallery of African Art (GAFRA) is pleased to present the group exhibition: Nigeria/Tanzania featuring works from the internationally acclaimed artists Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye, Chief Tola Wewe and George Lilanga.
Chief (Mrs) Nike Davies-Okundaye was born in 1951 in Ogidi-Ijumu, Kogi State, Nigeria. She was brought up amidst the traditional weaving and dying practice in her native village of Ogidi in Western Nigeria. Chief Nike’s artistic skills were nurtured at a young age by her parents and great grandmother who were musicians and craftspeople. She spent the early part of her life in Osogbo, which is recognised as one of the major centres for art and culture in Nigeria. During her stay in Osogbo, indigo dying and Adire production dominated her informal training.
Tola Wewe was born in Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria in 1959. He trained and graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the University of Ife in 1983. He then went on to obtain a Masters degree in African Visual Arts from University of Ibadan, Oyo State in 1986. Tola Wewe worked as a cartoonist before becoming a full time studio artist in 1991.
George Di Nyama Lilanga was born in 1934 in the village of Kikwetu, near the Mozambique-Tanzania border. He was a member of the Makonde tribe – a group well-known for their rich sculptural traditions and ritual dances. Like many Makonde youngsters, Lilanga was taught carving and sculpting – learning to carve first on soft cassava roots before progressing onto hard African blackwood (mpingo). In 1972, Lilanga moved to Dar-es-Salaam to try his luck as a carver and became associated the following year with Nyumba ya Sanaa (The House of Art – in Kiswahili), a gallery and cultural centre established by local artists. By 1978, Lilanga had participated in his first international exhibition to critical acclaim. Of the 280 works on view at the Washington, DC show, 100 of them were by Lilanga.