What do you do when you feel nostalgic about what was and what is in your country? You express your concerns through your work, of course. Nostalgia: Glimpses from the Diaspora, the exhibition of recent works by Kunle Adegborioye, which opened at Omenka gallery on Saturday, 7 April 2018, communicates his mixed feelings— contemplating the good old days and the bad now—and fears for the Nigerian society.
Kunle Adegborioye, born in 1966 in Ibadan, Oyo State, earned his Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in painting from The Polytechnic Ibadan in 1986 and Higher National Diploma (HND) in painting from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos in 1989. In the 1990s, he moved to the United Kingdom (UK), where he got a Masters of Arts in printmaking from the University of the Arts (Camberwell College of Arts), London 2004. He has been living and working in the United Kingdom since then. He has had numerous exhibitions in the UK and in Nigeria, and his works have featured in several Bonhams Africa Now auctions.
The Nostalgia exhibition features about 25 works in mixed media, acrylics and oil on canvas. Adegborioye continues his recurring style of including words in his pieces thereby communicating his messages through both images and texts. The texts emphasize the messages and narrative in the works. Hear him expatiate on the subject and theme of the exhibition in this interview by Omenka Gallery. The exhibition continues till 14 April, 2018.