Over 20 artists from Africa and Europe storm Lagos for recycled art festival – The Sun Nigeria
By Henry Akubuiro
Since Africa and Europe, artists converge on Lagos for ArtMiabo International Art Festival 2022, in a gathering that will celebrate photography, painting, video art, installation/sculpture and performance art.
Hosting what organizers have described as 24 of the best artists from Africa and Europe, with representation from galleries from France and South Africa, the 2022 edition, themed Change the world, opens April 29 and closes May 1 at Ebonylife Place, 1637 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. Organizers, Artmiabo International Art Festival (AMIAF), said Remake the World is an expression of what and how people see the world, using simple objects, through recycling, to project that vision. The musical performance for the festival will come from Pacino Royal.
Sponsored by JcDecaux, Vandyke Sports, Orijin and Multichoice Nigeria, with ‘This Is Lagos’ as media partner, the festival features works by artists, such as Bruce Onobrakpeya, Adeola Balogun, John Onobrakpeya, Tamaraemi Larry, Olufunke Esekhalu Ojukwu, Segun Okewumi, Oladipupo Adesina, Yusuf Durodola, Muni King-Keazor, Adebisi, Miabo Enyadike and Yetunde Ojatula. Other entrants include The Art Room Gallery in Johannesburg, featuring Robin Field, Phumzile Buthelezi, Lerato Mutau, Neil Neuwoudt and Thabo Motseki; International Art Caravan representing Clement Maduako Nwafor, Frank N’Goran, Judah Jubrin, Willem Vermeer and Iwa Kruczkowska-Król.
“Recycling, repurposing, upcycling, call it what you will, is our new reality and it sends the message that we can remake our environment with the disposable and renew our minds about how art plays a major role in this space,” said Miabo Enyadike, Founder/CEO of Artmiabo. “The public can enjoy paintings, videos, photographs, art objects, sculptures and free art marketing workshops through industry experts.” Also listed as benefits are well-stocked art bookstores, stocked with new and used books on art, interior design, photography, artist biography, and more. .
To further broaden the reach of the festival, the organizers brought in Willem Vemeer, a curator based in Norland. “I am very proud to have the opportunity to organize this fantastic art festival which will be a first class exhibition with artists from Nigeria and other African and European countries,” said Vemeer, delighted to be the creative professional behind the scene. “Artmiabo is an international hit and has proven to organize and promote art very professionally, not only in Nigeria, but also in the UK, USA, Japan and the Netherlands, to say the least. to name just a few.” For the 2022 edition, he assured that visitors have surprises awaiting them in the “high level of works”.
Among the highlights of the festival is a prelude to the highly anticipated 90th birthday of Dr. Bruce Onobrakpeya. The AMIAF will celebrate the life and times of master engraver Onobrakpeya over six decades. Predictably, Onobrakpeya will grace the art festival with his physical presence and artwork. “Prof. Onobrakpeya will exhibit a number of artworks for this event and a birthday celebration will be held during the festival for him.
Miabo Enyadike is an international artist, Artprenuer and Art blogg, organizer of art workshops with 30 years of experience as a professional artist. She is passionate about the festival as it reflects the need for artists to create works from their surroundings, creating a living and clean sustainable environment. Tickets for the exhibition are available at www.tix.Africa/Artmiabo.
The exhibition includes Delightful Melody From Symbol Of Excellence (Metal, Copper and Wool crochet), by Mistura. The piece was described as beautiful art, inspired by Calley, a black woman who breaks down barriers with her art. “A symbol of excellence that I will encourage various women to embrace and emulate,” reads a statement attached to the artwork. “Listening to Calley always brings immense and indescribable joy because she has been an inspiration to me. Today I celebrate her creativity. It is also part of my mission to bring joy and satisfaction to all patrons of the arts and to celebrate women in general.
Also on display will be The Man Jeans Art (mixed media, recycled art), by Enyadike, a piece that highlights fashion as the biggest polluter in the world. “What we wear and how we get rid of it is important,” Enyadike said. “As artists, we can participate in creating a cleaner, more sustainable world through a change of mind that encourages true creativity by resurrecting the discarded through art.”
From the Onobrakpeya clan comes a piece by John titled African Market Women Gossip (medium. charcoal, acrylic and resin on canvas, 2 feet by 3 feet, dated 2020).