I truly can not believe that the year is almost over and 2018 has its foot in the door. I started this blog for the love of art and my aim was (and still is) to bridge the gap between young black and ethnic ‘minorities’ and the art world — to introduce black artists and non-mainstream galleries that showcased contemporary black artists. Soon, it will be a year since its inception and I am eternally grateful to my work colleague that planted the seed in my mind and for my partner for encouraging me to let it blossom. I do this because i simply enjoy doing it and though i do not know where it might lead to, i am here for the journey and, of course, the exhibitions.
I am inconsistent with posts and this is something i hope to change in the coming year but bear with me. I aim to branch out and locate galleries outside of London but that also requires patience from you, reader. Every now and then i do write posts that stray from the world of exhibitions and i hope that also can be more consistent. These are my aims for the coming year — it’s not going to happen in a flash, mind you.
I am constantly taken aback at the location of the readers of this little (but mighty) blog — to have had readers from Mayotte, Fiji and Qatar is bewildering because, how did you find me?! — but i am constantly ever so grateful to everyone who reads my posts from the 1 visitor to 100: Thank you! Thank you! and a thousand more thank yous! I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed reading my posts as much as i have enjoyed visiting the galleries and writing about it.
2017 has been an utterly incredible year for F3mininja with a plethora of exhibitions that i could not have possibly all written about. The art world was shaken up with exhibitions like Soul of a Nation at The Tate to the 1:54 Art Fair that took place at Somerset house. To sum, i shall round up my top 2 exhibitions from this year thus far and some running exhibitions going into the new year that i hope you go and visit.
Top 2 exhibitions of 2017:
1. Chris Ofili: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (The National Gallery)
I wrote about this mind-blowing, enthralling piece back in June and I will not be forgetting it any time soon. I was moved by the dedication of the weavers, bringing to life the vibrancy in Ofili’s drawings with the use of wool — Jesus Christ, come on! To have a read about what i had to say, click here
2. Alexis Peskine: Power Figures (October Gallery)
Oh, Alexis. My new found friend, Alexis (i can call him friend because why not). I remembering tweeting, in March, hoping that his work would be brought to London for a solo exhibition and the Gallery Gods heard me. Alexis was a fantastic man to meet with and speak to, with patience that seems to run forever because only patience and dedication can allow one to embellish nails with gold leaf. I enjoyed writing about this exhibition and i hope to see more of Alexis in London. Click here for my post.
Exhibitions You Should See:
1. Larry Achiampong: Pan African Flag (Somerset House)
Image taken from Somerset House website
Okay, this isn’t your typical exhibition – it’s more of a commission Achiampong did for Somerset House but is ‘free’ for viewing. Well of course it’s free for viewing, after all it is a flag just blowing in the wind atop the building. Nonetheless, it is a must see, personally. The flag was fitting during the 1:54 Art Fair, and the meaning behind the representations can be found on Somerset site – click here The flag will be taken down after the 31st of Jan 2018.
2. Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane (Somerset House)
I know, Somerset House again! But if you go to see Achiampongs’ flag, you might as well enter inside for Hajjajs’ stunning work. It is an explosion of colours, with photography bordered with everyday mundane objects. Hajjaj also brings to life the characters in his portraits. This show is running till the 7th of Jan 2018 so i strongly encourage each and every one of you to find the time to visit. I have spent the last few months dragging people to it because it is that good. Click here for more information.
3. Victor Ehikhamenor: In The Kingdom Of This World (Tyburn Gallery)
Images taken by Abeke Popoola
Oga Victor! What a pleasure it was to meet the man — he was so warm, humble and easygoing. I attended the private exhibition in the absence of my partner (who is a big fan of his) but He made sure to teach me how to pronounce Victors last name. For my Edo people, this one is for you! Ehikhamenor weaves images of figures from the Benin Kingdom using rosaries sewn on lace material. This is running till the 20th of Jan 2018 at Tyburn Gallery so please, please, check it out!
4. Evans Mbugua – Dialogue (Gallery of African Art)
From Left to Right: Emotion, Tension and Legato by Evans Mbugua (2017)
An artist designer born in Kenya but based in Paris, Mbugua brings to life dancing and merriment with his ‘pop art’ pieces (looks like a party i should’ve been invited to). With this being Mbugua’s first solo exhibition in London, i am sure it certainly won’t be his last. The images you see here are a compilation of a three-tiered effect which creates the semblance of a 3D effect with bold colours from the start to the finish. This exhibition is running till the 27th of Jan 2018 at the Gallery of African Art so be sure to check it out!
Once again, thank you so much for reading and i hope you have a tremendous new year full of your heart desires.