Click the link HERE to get your free tickets to the virtual opening of the ‘Legacies of Biafra’ exhibition at Gallery Oldham, TOMORROW, 5PM Saturday 23rd October 2022.
The Legacies of Biafra exhibition features a conversation between exhibiting artists Obi Okigbo and Chike Azuonye with the exhibition’s curator, Louisa Uchum Egbunike.
Obi and Chike will discuss their lived experiences of the war and how it has shaped the art that they produce. This is the first in a series of online events, which includes a podcast series, virtual exhibition tours and a poetry night. Further details will be announced soon.
The link for the launch event will be shared with registered attendees on the day of the launch.
The Legacies of Biafra exhibition is showing at Gallery Oldham 23 October 2021 – 26 February 2022.
This multi-media show features artwork which explores the Nigeria-Biafra war (1967-1970) from multiple vantage points. It features works predominantly from the artistic collective Nigeria Art Society UK (NASUK), which is exhibited alongside oral narratives of those impacted by the war and a selection of short films. In an exploration of Britain and Biafra, the exhibition will showcase material from the personal archive of the late British-Nigerian writer Buchi Emecheta, whose novel Destination Biafra was the first Biafra war novel to tell the war story from the perspective of a female protagonist.
Artists included are: Ade Ogundimu; Amifel Cliff-Eribo; Chike Azuonye; Chinwe Chukuogo Roy, MBE; Hassan Aliyu; Imoesi Imhonigie; Obi Okigbo; Obiora Udechukwu; Raymond Soko; Titus Agbara; Toni Ndikanwu, Chinwe Uwatse; Edosa Oguigo; Onyema Offoedu-Okeke and Uzo Egonu.
The exhibition is supported by: the Igbo Conference/the Igbo Studies Initiative; Durham University; The Buchi Emecheta Foundation/Omenala Press; Child Migrant Stories, Iwalewahaus
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Legacies of Biafra reflects on the ongoing impact of one of the first civil wars in post-independence Africa, including how it has influenced the perception of the continent internationally as well as social and political structures within Nigeria. It explores the human impact of war (particularly on children and refugees) and avenues towards healing and recovery.
Alongside artworks, there are books and magazines from the period, oral accounts from those affected by the war, and a selection of short films and music from that era. Find out more in this interview with Gallery Oldham’s curator Rebecca Hill, independent curator Louisa Egbunike and NASUK president Hassan Aliyu. Visit the NASUK website to find out more about the artists who are part of the collective and their work.
This film is an introduction to the touring Legacies of Biafra exhibition:
THIS EXHIBIT IS FREE,
Saturday 23 October – Saturday 26 February 2022