“SHRINE” BY ABSA L’ ATELIER FINALIST AYO AKINWANDE

“SHRINE” BY ABSA L’ ATELIER FINALIST AYO AKINWANDE

Ayo Akinwande was born in Lagos, Nigeria and studied architecture at Covenant University. He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited in Africa and overseas, including an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Leipzig. He has been featured in magazines across Africa and beyond. Akinwande co-curated the Lagos Biennial 2017.

Description of Artwork
Shrine is an installation piece that evokes the way that power outages have become so entrenched in life in the city of Lagos and Nigeria at large, that recent architecture factors the presence and constant humming of generators into its design. As the rich find ways to cope with generators and inverters that they have the financial resources to keep running continually, the work serves as a reminder that when the lights go out it is most detrmental to Nigerians who are already vulnerable, who may use chains and cages and other means to protect their source of energy, creating, in effect, a shrine. The daily rituals of visiting the generator house, putting fuel into the tank, making repairs, engine oil, switching on and off, makes this space into a sort of “worship” and sacred space, thus a Shrine.

Ayo Akinwade Absa L’atelier Finalists and Adekunle Owolabi of NigeriansinSouthAfrica.

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