Quote of the week
'..The friends we have lost do not repose under the ground...they are buried deep in our hearts. It has been thus ordained that they may always accompany us...'- Alexandre Dumas - Diaspora
V& A Video game exhibition 26 Oct18

Spent an enjoyable evening at Victoria  & Albert Museum viewing their exhibition on the video gaming industry with my son who loves video games. It was well curated and revealed how influential the video gaming world was and how it would soon be invading the world of art through the power of its immersive experience. Its power to spin a narrative will soon attract the most powerful and talented artists of the future. Clearly there will be a two…

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Omar Victor Diop – Liberty/ Diaspora – 11 August 2018

At an exhibition of African photographs (Liberty/ Diaspora)  by Omar Diop  at Autograph. Inadvertently the exhibition confirmed a critical problem facing the Arts of Africa and the diaspora but particularly of Africa. We have lost our visual language and many of our artists have succumbed to the myth that western visual language is universal. As a consequence they struggle to find a way to speak. Over and again they find the western vocabulary does not signify what they wish…

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‘ Young Guns’ at Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

  This was a show curated by Andrew Lamprecht at the Sulger-Buel Gallery. I had met Christian Sulger-Buel earlier in 2017 at the Contemporary African Art Fair at Somerset House in  October 2017, and he invited me to the Gallery opening on 28 Feb 18.  Despite the horrendous weather I felt I should go. Christian warmly welcomed me and many others who came. It was  an enormous opportunity to bridge generation gaps as many of these young guns had  no…

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Yinka Shonibare MBE – Gallery opening 27 sep16

Yinka Shonibare  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yinka_Shonibare) is a wonderful artist and my good friend. His work is often breathtaking – cutting across many cultures, but fundamentally African. There are some who might ask how is Shonibare so fundamentally African – basically there is a place where you arrive at  in terms of artistic  creation that whatever you do reflects who you are  and you have no need to  imitate or reflect. That is Shonibare. Whatever he does is African  – you may…

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