Rele’s 7th Young Contemporaries exhibition opens January 9

Rele Arts Foundation has announced the seventh edition of the annual Young Contemporaries exhibition which opens Sunday, January 9, 2022, at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.  

Initiated in 2016, a statement says, the programme identifies, mentors and promotes emerging and early career artists from Africa, by equipping them with tools and resources for artistic development. 

Each year, the statement continues, the foundation guides artists through its Bootcamp/residency programme towards the creation of critical projects, encouraging innovative explorations of existing inquiries as well as the birth of fresh ideas.

“This year’s edition presents new works by six artists, Kenneth Oghenemaro, Neec Nonso, Jessica Soares, Michael Jackson Blebo, Nothando Chiwanga and Ayobami Ogunbe working across a diverse range of media; engaging issues from collective identity to reincarnation, time travel and contemporary beauty standards,” the organisers say. 

This seventh iteration of the Young Contemporaries project presents the audience with a collection of distinct and exciting perspectives on contemporary issues while also drawing attention to the exciting and critical work being done by a younger, emerging generation of contemporary Nigerian artists.

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