“Papa and Joshua” (2020) by Collins Obijiaku

 
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A NEW COMMERCIAL GALLERY is opening in Accra, Ghana, on Oct. 15. Established by art advisor Adora Mba, ADA / Contemporary Art Gallery‘s inaugural exhibition features 17 portraits by emerging Nigerian artist Collins Obijiaku (born 1995). “Gindin Mangoro: Under the Mango Tree” is the artist’s first solo show. He is presenting a new body of work that explores Blackness, identity, his own struggles and lived experiences and those of his friends. Mba is launching the gallery with a small roster of early career artists from throughout the Diaspora, including Obijiaku; Nigerian-born Eniwaye Oluwaseyi; Ugandan-born Stacey Gillian Abe, who resides in Johannesburg; Dallas, Texas-born Chinaza Agbor, who is currently based in London; and Nigerian artist Ekene Emeka-Maduka, who lives in Canada, among a few others. Both Obijiaku and Oluwaseyi were featured in “Say It Loud,” the recent selling exhibition at Christie’s New York. CT

 

Collins Obijiaku’s Gindin Mangoro: Under the Mango Tree” is on view at ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery in Accra, Ghana, from Oct. 15-Nov. 19, 2020

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COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Shelter,” 2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on paper, 180 cm x 160 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 


COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Molaya,”(2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on paper, 100cm x 70 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 


ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery’s new space in Accra, Ghana. | Photo courtesy the gallery

 


COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Ubah,” 2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on paper, 100 cm x 70 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 


COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Gindin Mangoro,” 2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas, 180 cm x 160 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 


COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Ajire,” 2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on paper, 100 cm x 80 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 

TOP IMAGE: COLLINS OBIJIAKU, “Papa and Joshua,” 2020 (acrylic, oil and charcoal on canvas, 200 cm x 180 cm). | © Collins Obijiaku, Courtesy ACA / Contemporary Art Gallery, Accra, Ghana

 

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Co-edited by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, “Contemporary African Art Since 1980,” is billed as the first major volume to survey work by contemporary African artists “from diverse situations, locations, and generations who work either in or outside of Africa, but whose practices engage and occupy the social and cultural complexities of the continent since the past 30 years.” More recently published, “Dak’Art: The Biennale of Dakar and the Making of Contemporary African Art (Criminal Practice Series)” and “Contemporary African Art: Second Edition (World of Art)” also explore the latest in contemporary African art. Also consider “Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium.”

 

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