Social Practice: Are Artists addressing Nigeria’s core issues?

Well, political rallies may be another point…



Music artistes in Nigeria have often been mobilized by government programs for souless ‘Unity Song’ projects that simply highlight the need to ‘Come Together’ without answering the questions of Why? Even Timi Dakolo’s brilliant composition of the song ‘One Nigeria’ has escaped the astronomical clicks often gained by other less nationalistic endeavors.

But Visual artists in Nigeria have began to pursue more radical forms of social expression, and painters exhibiting their works at Transcorp Hilton, in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city touch at these issues the most with fresh canvass works, on popular politicians, on coming elections and Chibok girls.

For some, these exhibitions are a form of constructive opposition, a way of recovering moments of communal experience in the wake of shared problems. For others, mystifying and staged pretend moments of togetherness that obscures the very real divisions which split the country with little more than an excuse…

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