MotionEmotion: Exhibition of Chidi Kwubiri’s Art

From 28 June till 30 July 2018, Gallery 1957, Accra, Ghana presented ‘MotionEmotion’ an exhibition of works by Chidi Kwubiri, the Germany-based Nigerian artist, who received the prestigious Misereor “Lenten veil” artist prize in Germany in 2017. ‘MotionEmotion’, which is curated by SMO Contemporary Art, reflects the influence of music on Kwubiri’s art. According to Sandra Obiago of SMO Contemporary,

motionEmotion represents the physical manifestation of music stirring Kwubiri’s emotions leading to creative movement which is sometimes frenzied and pulsating, and at other times, melancholic and intimate. His color palette is influenced, quickened, and finally explodes onto his large canvases under the influence of his playlist which includes all genres of music ranging from soul, funk, hip hop, to Latin, gospel, classic, jazz, blues, and high life.

… Kwubiri’s exciting new works featuring globally celebrated musicians have titles inspired by their most famous songs. Many of these tracks were youth anthems from the music of the 1970’s through to the 1990’s. His works reconnect us with the sensory memories of songs and movements such as Zombie by Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, No Woman No Cry by the prophetic Bob Marley, Pata Pata by South African freedom fighter Miriam Makeba, One Love by Nigerian filmmaker turned preacher Onyeka Onwenu, and Hot Shot by reggae cowboy, Jimmy Cliff. These songs and Kwubiri’s painterly response reflect the global struggle for emancipation and equality, the protection of basic human rights, and the fight for freedom from oppression.

Chidi Kwubiri was born in Umuahia, Abia State, Nigeria. In his twenties, he relocated to Germany, where he studied fine arts at the Art Academy Dusseldorf under Professor Michael Buthe and Professor A.R. Penck.


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