Africa on My Mind: Dereje Demissie | Johnson Uwadinma

17 April - 24 July 2021
Overview

Africa on My Mind features new and recent paintings by Ethiopian artist Dereje Demissie and Nigerian artist Johnson Uwadinma. While formally very different, Demissie and Uwadinma’s works are visually connected through their shared use of bright color and loosely figurative compositions. Deeper than visual affinity, Demissie and Uwadinma explore a number of common themes from issues of history, memory, and humanity’s place in both the physical and cultural landscape. In staging a conversation between the work of an artist from East Africa (Ethiopia) and an artist from West Africa (Nigeria), Title examines the nuances of African identity. With origins in a continent whose history is tinged with centuries of colonialism and imperialism, renewed independence and political revolution, urbanization and globalization, Demissie’s and Uwadinma’s paintings represent inflections of different points of the vast continent. Taken together, Demissie and Johnson present a spectrum of experiences and narratives of the contemporary global African diaspora. 

 

Works
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 5, 2021
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 5, 2021
  • Dereje Demissie, Countryside 1, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Countryside 1, 2020
  • Dereje Demissie, Eco of Omo Valley, 2021
    Dereje Demissie, Eco of Omo Valley, 2021
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 1, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 1, 2020
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 2, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 2, 2020
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 3, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 3, 2020
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 4, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 4, 2020
  • Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 6, 2021
    Dereje Demissie, Floating Memories 6, 2021
  • Dereje Demissie, Morning Sun, 2020
    Dereje Demissie, Morning Sun, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, All of My Life's Story, 2020
    Johnson Uwadinma, All of My Life's Story, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, I Imagined the World Differently, 2020
    Johnson Uwadinma, I Imagined the World Differently, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, I've Tried to Cage Wor(l)ds, 2020
    Johnson Uwadinma, I've Tried to Cage Wor(l)ds, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, Introspection, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, Three Muses, 2020
    Johnson Uwadinma, Three Muses, 2020
  • Johnson Uwadinma, Young Girl, 2021
  • Johnson Uwadinma, Youngster , 2020
    Johnson Uwadinma, Youngster , 2020
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