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Nomadic Art Gallery presents “Should I go, Should I Stay” Group Exhibition

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LAGOS, NIGERIA – From July 7 through July 27, 2024, Nomadic Art Gallery (NAG) in Victoria Island will host the immersive exhibition: “Should I go, should I stay” – including works by emerging African artists; Victoria Oniosun, Omoayo Osoba, King Ereso and Victoria Ndubuisi.

Victoria Oniosun, Unwinding, 2024, 36” x 48”, Oil on Canvas

“Should I Go, Should I Stay” explores the emotional conflicts that surround the ‘japa’ phenomenon, as well as the socio-cultural impacts of migration. The exhibition presents works which explore the myriads of thoughts and emotions connected to the choice to relocate, resettle, or transmigrate as well as the profound influence it exerts on one’s closest relations, social networks, romantic ties, and the broader milieu. “Japa” culture refers to the trend of Nomadic exploration of Nigerians in search of a better life.

Omoayo Osoba, To Greener Pastures, 2023, 42” x 30”, Acrylic & Polymer on Canvas

Oniosun Victoria Erioluwa (b. 1998), who’s works with figures depicted through simplification and abstraction; are heavily influenced by her emotions and personal experiences as a woman. Creating with the impasto technique, she crafts narratives of sisterly bonds and companionship that are destined to persevere, even as the separation caused by relocation or resettlement attempts to sever those connections. Her brushwork is energetic and gestural, with visible brush marks and palette knife strokes that create a sense of movement and spontaneity.

King Ereso, Relief 2, 2024 II, 36” x 24”, Mixed Media on Canvas

Osoba Omoayo George (b. 1998), with distinct Afro-futuristic style of paintings, uses bold, vibrant colours and textures, impasto-like brushwork to depict figures with dark skin and expressive, stylized facial features. The backgrounds of his paintings feature swirling, patterned elements that create a sense of energy and movement. His work conveys narratives exploring the emotional states of eager anticipation tied to the ‘waiting’, the feelings of guilt associated with leaving cherished ones behind and ultimately, a love that triumphs over the barriers otherwise created by migration.

Victoria Ndubuisi, The Dance of Identity: Expressions Through Movement, 2024 II, 3” x 40”, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

King Ereso’s (b. 1993), paintings are expressed through a dynamic, Afro-Futurist style that blends elements of abstract expressionism and Afrocentric iconography. The overall compositions are a vibrant, visually cacophonous collage of bold, gestural brushstrokes in a riot of colours – fiery reds, deep blues, electric yellows, and vivid pinks. Ereso’s paintings encapsulate the essence of transformation and the human desire for progress. Inspired by the dynamic interplay of environmental factors, they evoke the thrill of transition and the quest for change. The works symbolize the restless spirit, yearning to break free from stagnation and embrace the unknown.

Victoria Oniosun, While we wait, 2024, 36” x 36”, Oil on Canvas

Victoria Ndubuisi (b. 1997) uses her distinctive marbling and realism technique to amplify awareness surrounding our shared cultural heritage and the weighty questions of identity and evolution that arise. Her works convey the vital importance of maintaining connections to one’s cultural roots, even as the experiences of migration and generational displacement have the potential to dilute or obscure those foundational ties. 

Omoayo Osoba, Love like the Hornbills, 2024, 42” x 30”, Acrylic & Polymer on Canvas

This captivating art exhibition brings together a diverse collection of works that delve into the profound emotional conflicts and far-reaching socio-cultural impacts of human migration. Curated with empathy and depth, the exhibition invites visitors to embark on a transformative journey, engaging with the multifaceted experiences of those who have been torn between the decision to migrate or to stay in their homelands.

King Ereso, Relief 1, 2024 II, 36” x 24”, Mixed Media on Canvas

By weaving together these powerful works, the exhibition creates a space for empathy, understanding, and a deeper appreciation of the shared humanity that transcends borders and cultural divides. Ultimately, this exhibition challenges viewers to confront the complexities of migration, and to consider the ways in which we can foster more inclusive and compassionate societies that support the resilience and creativity of displaced individuals and communities.

Victoria Ndubuisi, Harvest of Traditions, 2024 II, 3” x 40”, Oil & Acrylic on Canvas

Since 2016, Nomadic Art Gallery has been on a mission to provide African art and artists on the continent and in diaspora a strong voice and visibility in Africa and beyond, pioneering what NAG refers to as “the Afrobeat of Contemporary Art”. NAG has its main gallery in Lagos, Nigeria, but has organized exhibitions in major African cities including Cape Town, Johannesburg, Abidjan and Nairobi, featuring prominent artists like Yagazie Emezie, Peju Alatise, Dudu Emmanuel, Ibn Cheikh Sallah Diebkilé, Agemo Francis, Baba Tjeko, and others.

Additional information about Nomadic Art Gallery:

Contact :Ms. Mercy Imiegha, Gallery Director

Tel: +234 814 003 4651


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