Nigerian artist Chibuike Uzoma presents his first solo exhibition at the Cape Town gallery.
The artist belongs to the generation of Nigerians who grew up with a sense of postcolonial disillusionment that was not alleviated by the euphoria that accompanied independence. Among his heroes and sources of inspiration, Uzoma lists Chinua Achebe and Frantz Fanon, both of whom wrote prophetic and insightful accounts of the postcolonial era, foretelling the cynical manipulation of the energies of decolonization by the new powers.
The works included in the exhibition are ruminations on how one lives suspended in the uncertainty of not even knowing where to look for answers. They are both political and private comments on things that have gone wrong. It is clear in both his paintings and photographs that his main concern is violence, power, and their effects on society.
‘Walk on Water’ opens on 13 March at 6.30pm.
Venue: Everard Read Gallery, 3 Portswood Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Fri 9am to 6pm | Sat 9am to 1pm