Ili Art Exhibition to Run From the 30th of May 2022 in Lagos

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In celebration of the 14-day “Ili” Art Exhibition, the public has been invited to the immersive experience set to run from the 30th of May to 12th June 2022, at BoConcept, 22, Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The exhibition will host like-minded individuals with a love for art, while exploring the beauty and development of fabrics.

Africa is rich in culture and diversity. Her indigenous art speaks of her history and tells the story of her journey globally. In her diversity, Africa possesses an obvious unifying artistic theme when considering how different cultures on the continent are presented.

In Nigeria, like it is in other parts of Africa, culture is viewed through art and folklore while drawing its inspiration for art from the heritage of the region. Sculpture, architecture, stone carving, textile making, pottery, glass blowing, and bronze casting are notable art forms across Nigeria and for more than a millennium, this has formed part of the culture of our people.

Textiles, as one of Nigeria’s traditional art forms, has a wide range of different fabrics from various ethnic groups. Each of these groups have their unique techniques for creating these fabrics to blend with their cultural heritage and this has been passed down from generations. The wide blend of techniques and cultural heritage in Nigerian textiles as an art form is what has given birth to the project ili.

ili brings to light an avenue for people to know and learn the process behind making these fabrics. The awareness and documentation of the traditional processes leads to sustainability and ensures preservation of its authenticity through coming generations.

ili draws attention to instilling values which translates and affects the fundamental sense of self. This promotes a sense of ownership especially to the younger generation as they get to know their origin. It also develops an emotional connection and balance amongst people. This collection promotes harmony and unity as it showcases the common techniques and ideas that go into the creation of fabrics from the different regions explored.

 ili, a visual expose of artistic expressions in Nigerian textiles is an augmented reality of the beauty in fabrics rich in cultural heritage. Using the human form as a canvas, these pieces present the Nigerian story through distinct markings on the subject’s body, creating a skin-deep illustration of

the body and the fabric in unison.

ili also means “cloth” in Idoma, a tribe in the middle belt of Nigeria, Benue. The middle is significant as it is the point that binds all the parts of the country together. In these parts and its diversities, ili explores the many colors and artistic expressions in the daily and social endeavors of Nigerian ethnic groups where there is an underlying connection deeply rooted in the various cultural, ceremonial, and even spiritual fabrics.

Beyond the relationship that exists between the cultures and fabrics, ili wants you to enjoy the beauty and intricacies of the fabrics as expressed by the cultures.

To attend the exhibition, RSVP here

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