Victor Ehikhamenor, Ndidi Dike, others for Lagos, Peckham, Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes exhibition
Lagos, Peckham, Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes, an exhibition featuring Nigerian artists and their counterparts in the diaspora will take place from July 5 to October 29 at the South London Gallery in the UK.
Co-curated by Folakunle Oshun, founder and director of the Lagos Biennial, together with South London Gallery, the exhibition highlights the relationships, culture, shared history, communities and art that link the two places. Themes explored include transnational exchange, a sense of place and the contemporary metropolis.
Peckham, where South London Gallery is located, has one of the largest Nigerian diaspora communities in the UK and has been dubbed “Little Lagos” by some.
Lagos, Peckham, Repeat: Pilgrimage to the Lakes is a major group exhibition looking at the connections between Lagos in Nigeria and Peckham in South East London and it showcases works by 13 Nigerian and British Nigerian artists, bringing together sculpture, photography, sound and film.
Featuring several new commissions, a site-specific installation and a collaboration with south London based brewery Orbit, the exhibition will also display work made during artist residencies, one in Lagos and one in Peckham, with an aim to further develop lasting creative relationships between the two places.
A new large-scale installation by Dike will evoke the sights, sounds and smells of a Lagos marketplace, while Emeka Ogboh will add taste to the sensory experience with the creation of a bespoke Lagos-inspired beer. Also featured will be an interactive play sculpture by Temitayo Ogunbiyi, while Victor Ehikhamenor will use plastic rosary beads for an exploration of the rituals of emigration.