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?’”
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