Images from the just concluded ‘inBetween’ Exhibition by SMO Contemporary Art at START Art Fair 2018

At the START Art Fair 2018 hosted by Saatchi Gallery in London, SMO Contemporary presented artworks by three contemporary Nigerian artists—Nengi Omuku, Ngozi Omeje and Olumide Onadipe. The group exhibition titled ‘InBetween’ is described by SMO Contemporary as,

a showcase highlighting the socio-political and emotional state of Africa’s youth, who often find themselves ‘inbetween’, whether waiting for admission to school, yearning to travel, searching for employment….or in between racial, ethnic, gender divides at the margins of society and stereotypic consciousness.

A four day event that held from 13th to 16th September 2018 at the Saatchi Gallery in London, United Kingdom, the START Art Fair showcased emerging artists from different art scenes to give collectors and enthusiasts the opportunity to discover artworks from developing global markets. SMO exhibited three of Nigeria’s promising visual artists who seem to be prodding the Nigerian art scene with their expressive and experimental technique, medium and theme. The exhibition catalogue on SMO Contemporary Art website on the composition featured by each artist reads,

Nengi Omuku presents amorphous beings with afro-centric hairstyles and abstracted internal mindscapes, which allude to wider themes of identity, mental journeying and mutual belonging. Omuku’s colour palette acts as a subtext for transforming the human figure and exploring fluid states of inBETWEEN.


Ngozi Omeje, an installation artist and ceramics lecturer at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, presents Unbooked, a mixed media installation created out of hundreds of nylon threads and plastic particles, inspired by the sea of undocumented migrants across the world. She uses string to explore the frailty of life through the use of suspended forms and configurations, which are still connected, to universal experiences.


Olumide Onadipe, an experimental artist fascinated by textures and environmental themes, presents intricate mixed media sculptures created out of ubiquitous plastic bags which litter global megacities like Lagos, exploring the social, political and economic realities of migrating populations, affected by territorial encroachment, forced labour, consumerism, insecurity, and environmental pollution.

Below are images of the collection in SMO Contemporary Art’s booth from Instagram feeds.


Featured Image: Sons of Night III, Nengi Omuku, 2o18/Courtesy of SMO Contemporary Art

Adekemi is a lawyer and writer with a passion for the arts, particularly African art history. She is dedicated to discovering and documenting the most excellent artworks of our time. Follow her on Twitter at adekemitweets.
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