July 30, 2014 - Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos - 1 Work: Odun Orimolade
July 30, 2014

1 Work: Odun Orimolade

Odun Orimolade, Untitled, 2014. 1 Work in progress. Courtesy the artist and CCA, Lagos.

1 Work: Odun Orimolade
14 July–22 August  2014

Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos 
9 McEwen Street
Sabo, Yaba, 

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The Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagospresents 1 Work, a new project that invites an artist to present a single work as a way of highlighting a specific medium, engaging a particular idea or creating an ambitious new work which may not be possible through other platforms or to simply use the space as a laboratory or studio that encourages a direct engagement with a diverse audience. The first 1 Work project is presented by Odun Orimolade, for whom drawing is a principal component of her artistic practice, as well as being central to her research interests.

Using the gallery wall as her support, Orimolade’s intervention lies at the heart of the process of mark making and form generation. Her waiflike configurations allow a play of inventive and intuitive biomorphic images to evolve producing drawings that map volume, contextualize place and more tacitly than explicitly invites the viewer to interact, to react and even to question. The combination of research, process, and interaction are tools which contribute to the articulation of a trajectory that attempts to evolve an artistic language that is personal but also collective, spontaneous yet measured. In so doing she hopes to deconstruct a received history of drawing by activating an alternative language that prioritizes locality and specificity. The 1 Work project will unfold across the wall over a 21-day period.

Odun Orimolade graduated in painting from the Yaba College of Technology School of Art, Design and Printing, Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art from the University of South Africa, Pretoria where she is also currently completing her Masters in Visual Art. She has participated in several exhibitions locally and internationally, including solo shows such as Facets of a Psyche, Terra Kulture, Lagos (2006), A Secret Place, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, SA (2012) and Being and Becoming, Art21 Space, Lagos (2014).  Recent group exhibitions have included  Ravy Festival, Yaounde, Cameroun (2014), 50th anniversary exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2014), Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York (2013) and Come release me, National Pop Up Theatre, Goethe Institute, Lagos (2013). Orimolade lives and works in Lagos as an artist and a lecturer at her alma mater. 

1 Work project is conceived by Bisi Silva and curated by Jude Anogwih.

Forthcoming programme 
Changing City – Shifting Spaces: Videonale in Lagos
September 14–October 11, 2014 

Videonale Bonn and Video Art Network (VAN) Lagos join forces to present the project Videonale in Lagos. The project wishes to strengthen new media art in Nigeria by supporting local up-and-coming talents in establishing international contacts. When looking at today’s globalised, digital realities, the language of moving images has become a universal tool to comment and reflect on the ever-shifting spaces of everyday life. With the topic Changing City – Shifting Spaces, Videonale in Lagos explores the dynamics of urban space in a video art workshop for emerging artists from Nigeria, led by the internationally acclaimed Anglo-Ethiopian video artist Theo Eshetu in collaboration with Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos). The subsequent exhibition is curated by Jude Anogwih (VAN Lagos) and Tasja Langenbach & Jennifer Gassmann (Videonale). 

Artists include Ima Abasi-Okon, Aderemi Adegbite, Jude Anogwih, Helen Beningson, Victor Ehikhamenor, Theo Eshetu, Heidrun Holzfeind, Yuk Yiu IP, Zhenchen Liu, Melanie Manchot, Emeka Ogboh, Wura Natasha Ogunji, Otolith Group, Nicolas Provost, Adejoke Tugbiyele, Zsolt Vasarhelyi, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Jan Verbeek, Tobias Yves Zintel et al. A catalogue will be published during the project.

Videonale in Lagos has been initiated and supported by the Foundation KfW Stiftung, Frankfurt/Germany, in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos. 

Further information: info [​at​] ccalagos.org

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