This week for me has been filled with amazing art exhibitions and exciting cultural expeiences.On tuesday, I attended the opening of Njideka Akunyili Crosby first solo exhibition in the UK at Victoria Miro. The collection is incredible and Njideka Akunyili Crosby is definitely a rising star that truly captures an authentic experience. She draws on images of Nigerian popular culture, which she combines with family photographs to create her own personal portraits. It was an amazing experience looking at the painting with my mother because she could highlight elements of her childhood, especially the photo above featuring her grandmothers living room. Each painting embedded a memory or a symbolism of growing up in Nigeria, even for someone like me that spent many years outside Nigeria. It felt like I could identify something about my culture and happy memories in Nigeria through the incredible details of her artwork.
‘The Los Angeles-based artist, who relocated from Nigeria to the United States at the age of 16, draws on art historical, political and personal references to make luminous, densely layered figurative compositions whose intricate surfaces combine disparate materials and aesthetic traditions. The title of the exhibition, Portals, is immediately suggestive of windows or doorways, though one might equally think of TV sets or computer screens. It also refers to the title of a recent work by the artist, Portals,2016, now in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. In Akunyili Crosby’s work, doors, windows and screens function as physical, conceptual and emotional points of arrival and departure, while in a broader sense the work itself is a portal through which mutable ideas about transcultural identity flow back and forth.’