Highlights of the art project themed ICONIC LAGOS organized by Eyes of a Lagos boy are presented during Lagos Fringe at Freedom Park, on the ground floor of Kongi’s Harvest Building, 22-27 November. Join us for a conversation with the artists and cocktail on Thursday 24 November, from 4 to 8pm.
ICONIC LAGOS at Lagos Fringe is coming off the heels of its succesfull premiere at Didi Museum last September, providing an opportunity for more local and international art lovers to see the show. The Lagos Fringe is an open access showcase for performers, exhibitors, vendors and production companies to present their work without restriction to style. Lagos Fringe celebrates its 5th edition this year. It offers an opportunity to expereince an exciting line up of visual art exhibitions, storytelling, music, theatre, spoken words, film, food, dance, children events and several other art diversities.
ICONIC LAGOS for Lagos Fringe Festival consists of three elements: photography by Bolaji Alonge, mixed media images by Jason Ogbazi/Alonge and artworks by six other artists: Adepegba David, Ananou Jean-fidele, Kola Onifoto, Motolani Bello, OC George, Tosan Dundun-Tblack – expressing their own vision of Iconic Lagos.
ICONIC LAGOS is about celebrating everyday life in the boisterous megapolis, honoring its inhabitants and exploring what makes it tick. This body of work by a group of Nigerian a artists is dedicated to the largest city in Africa, the economic and cultural heart of Nigeria.
Alonge opines, “As we can see already, the world is watching and gladly, Nigerian artists are rising to the occasion. We have a lot to offer and defining our own image is one way of taking charge of our future.” ICONIC LAGOS presents an alternative narrative, the beauty of us that exists and must be celebrated.
The exhibition runs every day from 10am to 7pm and entry is free of charge. Join us for a conversation with the artists and cocktail on Thursday 24 November, from 4 to 8pm.
Bolaji Alonge is an artist, photographer and actor from Lagos, Nigeria with more than two decades of experience in documenting history. In May 2017, Bolaji presented his maiden “Eyes of a Lagos Boy” solo exhibition at Freedom Park in Lagos. His second solo exhibition “Urban Culture – Historical Continuity” was held at One Draw Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos in November 2018. In February 2019, Bolaji showcased his work at Baza Studio in New York. A third solo exhibition, “Black & White” was held at Quintessence, Lagos in July 2019. He presented “Afrobeat: The Legacy” at Freedom Park in Lagos during Felabration 2019, dedicated to Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Fela Kuti‘s eldest son. Together with 7 other photographers, Bolaji showcased “Nigeria Trending” at the Lagos Fringe Festival in November 2020, covering the #EndSARS protest. In February 2021, he showed “Street Flowers of Lagos” at Temple Muse. Greener Pastures, dedicated to riverine communities in Lagos, was first held at Didi Museum, Lagos to critical acclaim in September 2021, as well as part of the Lagos Fringe Festival and ICAB Biennale in November-December 2021. Greener Pastures was also presented at IREP 2022 documentary festival. Iconic Lagos premiered at Didi Museum in September 2022. It was a collaboration with 22 other artists, some exhibiting for the first time, dedicated to Lagos and its people. The exhibition was a resounding success and will travel to the UK in 2023.
Jason Nnamdi Ogbazi is an accomplished artist and designer born in Nigeria, While in the UK for his higher education, he started working alongside top fashion photographers and designers. This experience set the tone for his further artistic development. He constantly strives to create sophisticated images and designs that embody class and originality.