Art

La Maison Sentimentale, Joël Andrianomearisoa, Dakar, 2016

We Are All Sentimental || Senegal || 2017 || Nataal ||WEB

On Joël Andrianomearisoa, love, and Revue Noire, a monumental art magazine from the 90s.

The Necessity of Dreams || Nigeria || 2017 || IAM Intense Art Magazine || PDF

A profile of Nigerian artist Peju Alatise, and on dreaming as a survival mechanism, the tragic poignancy of apt social commentary, and flight as escape, magic and liberation.

On Alara || Nigeria|| 2017 || Moon Man Magazine || Text

An Essay on the Alara store designed by David Adjaye in Lagos, and on desperately needed bombastic self love; regal, radical architecture; itchy ascension and uneasy inequalities. 

Strut || Lagos || 2016 || Nataal || WEB

On Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s performance piece “Strut”, and on ease and action, freedom, femininity and power.

Vivian Sassen || 2017 || Moon Man Magazine || CLIP

An exploration of nuance, and how Vivian Sassen’s emotional, abstract, art photography disrupts facile debates on images in Africa.

Roger Ballen || 2017 || Moon Man Magazine || CLIP

The bioenergetic system of psychoanalysis suggests that feelings, habits and lives are etched on and embedded in the body. In Ballen’s graphic depictions we see how the world crushes the human spirit, which crushes the body. In these photos Ballen forces us to stare at human hypocrisy and the quotidian, violent flaws in human nature. It is slightly nauseating.”

Falana || Lagos || 2016 || Nataal || WEB

A profile of musician Falana, and on dreams, faith, self-creation, and the jarring but essential pupa phase.

Dak’art || Dakar || 2016 || Nataal || WEB

On the Dak’art Biennial for Contemporary African Art, a love letter to Dakar, the City in the Blue Daylight.

Like Play, Like Play || Dakar || 2016 || PDF

I wrote the catalogue for Modupeola Fadugba’s exhibition and award-winning work at the 2016 Dak’art Biennial for Contemporary African Art. On weighty games and the depth beneath the sparkle. 

Design is the Personality of an Idea || Lagos || 2015 || PDF

I curated a group show of female artists from around the continent at the Ford Foundation Lagos, with the African Artists Foundation. The concept was on world creation, delusion, and individuality.