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Framed Images of Time and Memories: An artist’s ‘personal journal’

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An exhibition of drawings, watercolours and mixed media by the award winning painter, scholar, critic Prof. Jerry Buhari, who is presently a senior lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, opens on Tuesday December 12, at the Thought Pyramid Arts Centre, Abuja.

Titled Framed Images of Time and Memories is the artist’s attempt to capture the difficult periods of the 90s, which he notes, are in a sense “a personal journal”.

According to him, up to early 90s artists in Nigeria still had the luxury of using conventional materials that were available and affordable. “But the signs of progressive economic mismanagement had begun to show very clearly with a breakdown of public utilities, increasing corruption permeating across the country, and long fuel queues to give it a visual ugliness, notes Buhari.

“This exhibition is my artistic journey through time, constructed with framed memories. The collection of works done between 2016 and 2017 are mixed media works that cynically presents the daughters, concubines and mistresses of the rich and political elite that populate our current political landscape as future dynasties. They are represented in Princess and Princes in a satirical world.

 

Rather than celebrate the hardship of living under unstable governance, I deliberately chose to take on different personal life experiences and of others like me that celebrate the phantasmagoria. In doing so I seek to show defiance to the mercenary type of leadership we are all hostage to. Perhaps worst of this is the obscene display of wealth by politicians and public civil servants in the way we party, marry, bury the dead and find every conceivable excuse to display wealth amidst abject poverty that can be felt and touched,” he said.

The erudite scholar said that in his watercolours starting from the year 2000, he is almost completely in a cocoon to the happenings around him. “Here I create framed worlds of about two square centimeters that take me through a journey into frames of landscapes in a grid compositional format extracted from memories. The size of each landscape was deliberately created to make it a personal closed space – too small for the flamboyant politician to enter into, yet sufficient for me to manage. The dominant green references the purity of this landscape devoid of consumerist products that generate waste and pollution.

The fluidity and organic colours become a wilderness where one can be lost and not easily found by hired assassins, kidnappers or political witch hunters.”

According to him, the drawing portfolio becomes relevant to him as a lecturer who has to offer instructions in life drawing classes in an art school without proper life models.

“The linear and minimalist nature of the drawings suggests time management and the desire to focus only on the essential and maximally create works in the precious time available.

“When you look at the works of the 90s, I wish that they were seen as representing alternative survival strategies that can be created away from oppressive governments. These works seek to direct us to the ability to create alternative means of survival independent of government to such an extent that it becomes irrelevant and powerless to harm, to divide and to manipulate us. In Nigeria there are two classes of people who are hardly positively impacted by government: the rural Nigerian and the poor in the cities. These category live in the same world with us but different from the politicians’ and the co-conspirators.

“On the whole and in summary, two things may appear apparent in the works presented in this solo show in Abuja – landscapes and landscapes; landscapes of the soul and landscape from the soul. Each miniature landscape reconstructs an experience, a memory and is presented using organic and microscopic perspectives. The visual strategy seeks to conceal messages only discernable by the patient and the contemplative.”

He added that this exhibition is his attempt to capture the difficult periods of the 90s.

“They are in a sense a personal journal. It is my hope that some people may find alliance with this personal experience. In the selected works of this show, I am hoping to capture framed times, moments, memories and images that define my experience and response to Nigeria in transition.”

The exhibition runs till Wednesday December 20, 2017. Works that will be on display include: Women of hijab (Mixed media on watercolour paper), Face of a friend (Mixed media), and Weep not country (Mixed media).

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Big Brother Naija: Housemate Ifu Ennada Calls CDQ Scammer

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Housemate in Big Brother Naija 2018, Ifu Ennada has accused popular rapper CDQ of defrauding her in school.

The aspiring actress said this in the house on Monday, adding that the rapper is a mad man.

Ennada told her fellow housemates that she did not only give him a lot of money but sacrificed a lot for him.

She tagged him a fraudster who did not return the favour when he had the opportunity to.

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Vandora, Dee One, Princess, Bitto evicted from BBNaija

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Princess and Bitto, Vandora and Dee One have become the first four housemates to be evicted from the Big Brother Naija reality show.

Big Brother had paired the housemates in strategic partnerships for the duration of their stay in the house, which meant that two people will suffer the consequences of the actions of one person and vice versa.

Dee One received his first warning strike over his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his partner.

Princess and Bitto were also sent packing from the third season of the reality show tagged ‘Double Wahala’.

Apart from the first set of evicted housemates, Khloe and Kbrule were also disqualified from the show on Sunday night.

Both were disqualified after they had received three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

The housemates were extremely emotional and tearful as they were told to leave the house.

The remaining housemates are competing for N45 million on this season’s BBNaija.

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Khloe, Kbrule disqualified from BBNaija

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Khloe and Kbrule, housemates in the ongoing Big Brother Naija reality TV show, have been disqualified from the show.

This makes them the first set of people to leave the show.

Both were disqualified after they got three warning strikes.

Khloe got her second warning strike on Sunday for using “strong abusive curse words”. This affected Kbrule, who is her strategic partner.

Kbrule then got his third warning strike for using “strong threatening words and attempting to physically harm a fellow housemate”.

Dee One also got his first warning strike for his insensitive jokes. This, by extension, affected Vandora who is his strategic partner.

The first eviction show is supposed to hold on Sunday evening.

18 housemates have been put up for eviction except KSquared, who have now been disqualified, and LeoLex.

Big Brother had told housemates that almost all of them had been nominated for possible eviction because of their repeated failure to adhere to the rules of the house.

Since the housemates are in pairs, two of them may possibly be evicted at the weekend during the live show.

 

 

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