Modupeola Fadugba’s upcoming exhibition at Gallery1957 seems likely to be one of the most interesting shows by the Accra-based gallery this year. For this exhibition, the Togo born, 33-year-old Nigerian artist is expanding the framework of her synchronised swimming theme. Talking about her inspiration for this series, Fadugba said,
It’s been a whirlwind of a year! I’ve spent the last three months immersed in a close community of synchronized swimmers, the Harlem Honeys and Bears – black senior citizens who stand resiliently in the face of narrow expectations about what they should do or have access to. They became the focus of my new body of work, Dreams from the Deep End, where I expand on my mission of portraying powerful black bodies in water together with a greater context of visibility, access, community, and representation. … I hope that you’ll be as moved as I was by the trials and triumphs revealed by the testimonies of this group.
Below is a short clip on the idea behind ‘Dreams from the Deep End’.
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Modupeola Fadugba : Dreams from the Deep End | Curated by Katherine Finerty | Gallery 1957, Accra Ghana | August 25 – October 31 🌊 In her newest series, @modupeola.fadugba combines her mission of portraying powerful black bodies in water together with a greater context of visibility, access, community, and representation. During her summer at the International Studio & Curatorial program (ISCP) in NYC, she found inspiration in the Harlem Honeys and Bears – a synchronised swimming team for senior citizens who perform sensational water acrobatics and offer free swim lessons to children. Through multi-media documentation and new paintings, Fadugba will represent the trials and triumphs revealed by the testimonies of this extraordinary group and the communities they serve. The series will exhibit @gallery1957 in Accra, Ghana from August 25th to October 31st, 2018, curated by @katherinefinerty. 🏊🏾♂️🏊🏾♀️🏊🏾♂️🏊🏾♀️ #synchronisedswimming #harlemhoneysandbears #headsupkeepswimming #dreamsfromthedeepend #artistinresidence #contestedwaters #iscpopenstudios #gallery1957 #contemporaryafricanart #accra