Long-Drawn Shadows: Exhibition of Ibe Ananaba’s Art

From 13 April to 11 May 2018, Art Twenty One, Lagos presents ‘Long-Drawn Shadows’ an exhibition of recent works by Ibe Ananaba, the Nigerian Pen-drawing artist, whose ballpoint on paper drawings created a sensation at his 2009 solo exhibition at the former Goethe Institute premises.

Ananaba’s art expresses how societal issues affect contemporary living. This emphasis and interest in finding new expressions leads him to constantly experiment with conventional and non-conventional methods and materials to execute ideas that will challenge and inspire his audience.

In this fifth solo exhibition in Lagos, Long-Drawn Shadows, Ibe Ananaba continues to address societal issues as he documents Nigeria’s recurrent fuel crises, including an installation of yellow jerrycans to bring home his point, and conveys the resignation of the masses to endlessly living in a dysfunctional society with watercolours of lounging men in weary poses in the Waiting Till Infinity (2018) series. Of the title of the exhibition, which was arrived at in deliberations with Professor Frank Ugiomoh, University of Port Harcourt-based professor of history of art and theory, Ananaba says, “I went with the title because of the metaphorical approach I toed while titling the pieces and how I wanted or envisaged the audience to receive the message. This … would be a good way to communicate the heavy heart-felt pain of a concerned citizen, because I’ve always wondered ‘for how long would we live with these age-old issues that seem unresolvable?’”

Ibe Ananaba Photo: courtesy of smocontemporaryart.com

Long-Drawn Shadows is currently showing at Eko Hotel & Suites, Kuramo Waters, Victoria Island, Lagos.





Featured Image: Waiting Till Infinity III, Ibe Ananaba, 2018
Courtesy of Art Twenty-One, Lagos

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.


  1. Artstrings
    25th May 2018

    Thanks for the additional info.

  2. Amoré
    23rd May 2018

    Ananaba’s recent Long-Dawn Shadows exhibition, also questions our zombie-like stance to the recent fuel crisis and gender-based abuse.

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