Transcending Boundaries London



Creating the marketing concept and organising the program together with the client, Aabru Art. The first pop up gallery of its kind in London, Transcending Boundaries displayed contemporary art from West Africa. A variety of the works included in the show were featured at Bonham’s Africa Now auction in May 2012.


Transcending Boundaries 2014 also had a full programme of educational events available to the public between 17 - 22 March. Artist tours and panel discussions with Biyi Bandele (Director of Half of a Yellow Sun), Chris Spring (British Museum), Nkem Ifejika (Business Journalist), Giles Peppiatt (Bonhams) and Abiodun Olaku (West African Artist and Founder of the Guild of Fine Arts) will take place at the Mall Galleries.


The pop up exhibition Transcending Boundaries featured works by AbiodunOlaku, Alex Nwokolo, Ben Osaghae, BunmiBabatunde, EdosaOgiugo, Fidelis EzeOdogwu, TayoQuaye, Reuben Ugbine, and many more artists from Nigeria. The launch was in the evening of the 4th of February 2013 and featured the DJ Peter Adjaye. A series of talks were organized.




The Waiting Room



28 April – 30 June 2015. Admission free.
Institute Cervantes, 102 Eaton Square, London SW1W 9AN
Telephone 020 7235 0353. www.londres.cervantes.es 


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Exploring exile


This project has two main objectives. It aims to recreate a story about the Spanish exiles in the United Kingdom that underlines their importance and contribution to the history of the country that hosted this disparate group of individuals. People like Luis Cernuda, Arturo Barea, Salvador de Madariaga and others showed in their work the impact of the exile as well as reflecting the time that was theirs to live.


The Waiting Room aims to be a representation on the personal and social dimension of the exile, and draws on the thinking of Professor Paul Ilie in his book “The Semantics of Exile”. Here he defines exile as “a territorial break from the homeland which may be either voluntary or forced and it is accompanied by a set of feelings and beliefs that isolate the separated group from the majority”. By focusing on the mental condition, he reaches into the internal structure of the exile’s mind making it less a mater of physical separation and more a question of belief. For him living apart is “to adhere to values that do not partake in the prevailing values: he who perceives this moral difference and who responds to it emotionally lives in exile”.

Would it be possible then to rethink the notion of exile beyond its typical association of being a forced condition? Could that formulation give place to the creation of a new individual, a global citizen? The second objective of this project is precisely to reveal that question by presenting the contemporary creator, in this case visual artist, as the prototype of this new version of an exile: men and women, citizens of a globalized world, able to transit among borders and cultures. 


If we separate the notion of “exile” from its typical association with forced separation or from its physical dependency to a location or unique culture we could then transform it into an unmatched strategic formula to confront existing cultural crossroads and diatribes derived from these in a globalized world. From this perspective, an “exile” would be a global citizen, somebody not necessarily limited by unique cultural values. An “exile” would be able to maintain those elements that link him or her to the place of origin as well as assume those of the new culture which surrounds him in the host country.




Rota das Artes Festival in Portugal



Organising the international PR of Rota das Artes. This is a week of culture and music taking place during the month of September at the Museum of Natural History and Science in Lisbon.




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