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The consideration of diverse elements, stories and forms that make up the human experience is at the core of this exhibition. How do we create portraits of complex lives situated against a shrinking and dynamic landscape? From layered explorations of the relationship between the city and the individual to intimate explorations of pleasure, the exhibition is concerned with representations of beingness and becoming.

‘Making Face’ is also focused on exploring the relationship between the main image and areas of interstice. How does the peripheral influence our understanding of the main subject? If everything around an image is part of its meaning, how do we engage the ‘around’ in contemplating meaning? What new meanings can be generated from a reading of the margins? In its consideration of expressions of being, the exhibition explores representations of ‘face’, notions of presence and absence as well as the politics of looking.

The exhibition features works by, Kainebi Osahenye, Alimi Adewale, Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Plantation (Ayomide Tejuoso), Soji Adesina, and Jimi Agboola. The exhibition will be on view from the 25th of July at Rele Gallery, Lagos Nigeria.

FEATURED IMAGE: Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, DIKE, 2021, mixed media collage on archival paper, 22 x 22 in. Courtesy of Rele Gallery, Lagos.

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