Project at ZK/U - Folakunle Oshun

Folakunle Oshun ( Nigeria )

I indeed am delighted about my coming residency at the ZK/U. The residency strikes a crescendo to the last two years of work at my space and I believe it would afford me the time to reflect, and glean on new ideas. I look forward to meeting and engaging with other artists from across the world. 

I believe there is a stereotype and false expectation on the ideals of the aesthetic and narrative of African art; even in contemporary terms. I would like to have a first hand experience of Western perceptions of an African rhetoric and sample the reaction to my own juxtapositions. I regularly observe non Africans on vacation or Expatriates who try to make sense of the art scene here in Lagos. They mostly end up buying pieces for purely anthropological reasons and soon realize that these souvenir pieces are mass produced, even by professional artists. This i perceive is due to either a disconnect between the African artist and the rest of the world or the constant need for the West to satisfy a certain exotic aesthetic taste. I believe it is impossible for artists in a civilized society to honestly create archeological pieces without a waiting market. Herein lies the waterloo of the contemporary African artist. I hope to share my ideas with young art enthusiast/academics on the significance and relativity of the interpretation of contemporary African art.