On #WomensDay, quite early in the morning, I listened to Oprah explain why women are important in everything. I had wanted to listen to her the night before but the network played Tinko Tinko (childhood game played with hands) with me and so I slept off and woke up to Oprah’s motivational video on my YouTube app on my phone. Her story about power made me think about Rele’s HerStory exhibition.

You see, that day, I had no intention of attending considering the fact that I was exhausted from my bumpy journey back from Ogun State. I went to the exhibition anyway and met Iyunola Sanyaolu, a visual art student of the University of Lagos.

Before this, I had moved around the gallery looking at works by artists sluggishly and I noticed a familiar face. I chatted her up and she took me through some of the works she felt were just amazing;

A) The Artists

Oluchi Chuks Zom – Photography

All the lady artists were at the exhibition. I spoke to just Oluchi because I particularly liked her work called Silhouette. I think I termed it my favorite because it gave illusions and made me look deeper; that moment you stare at the patterns and colours with a WOW on your mind.

Her work was art by UV-Inkjet on corex.

Haneefah Adams – Mixed Media

Haneefah’s work was a delight. I had heard of her work on the Hijarbie project; you know the Muslim Barbie but seeing something else this time was just like having twinkies in my mouth.

Her work was very expressive and looking at them I recognized some aspects of myself; the laughing jackass and/or the shy misfit.

Sometimes the strong woman.

Queen Nwaneni – Acrylic on canvas

Iyunola told me Queen’s work was her favorite but I just wasn’t a fan maybe because I haven’t learnt more on visual art which I hope to do soon so I can appreciate everything better. She said Queen’s acrylic work was so different and special.

I didn’t take a picture of Queen’s work because my phone went off but I did take a video showing her work here. It was the last work in the video.

Ayobola Kekere Ekun – Mixed Media

Her work was the first piece that got my attention when I walked through the crowd to the exhibition. You may understand why. Her work is just so catching that I wonder if the Curator deliberately fixed Ayobola’s work right after the best-by-artists standard work.

After reading up on her, I realized she is an Efiko (pidgin English for smart person in Nigeria) in graphic design and mixed media from the University of Lagos (yeah that school again).

Buki M. Animashaun – Acrylic on canvas

I must confess that when I saw her work, I (figure of speech in mind) ran away to the other artists work because her’s told stories. Stories that could inspire and unite and I didn’t have the heart to listen to them. It was more than art, it was deep perception starring at you, so I ran.

 

Ngozi Schommers

I saw her starring at me as I moved through the gallery and when I moved closer, it seemed I had received an “High 5”.

HerStory- What it really means to me

HerStory shares experiences of women in their environment through art. It gives a voice to the voiceless impressions we often do not share. I believe it is also a campaign by Rele Art Gallery telling us to be #BeBoldForChange the theme of the #InternationalWomensDay2017

For more on the exhibition, click this

Oh right, I did not talk about Oprah’s speech on why women are important. Well she says women are important because they take everything home. Educate a woman and she takes it to her family and friends. That’s what she said and I believe her because to me women are the nucleus that give power through their activities. On that note, I wish you Happy Women History Month

 

Afterthoughts:

Have you attended an art exhibition before?

Did you attend the #HerStory exhibition?

What was your experience?

Do you also have impressions to share? Please do so at the comment section below

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Note: All the pictures were taken with my phone hence the picture quality.

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