Erasure: Works by Johnson Uwadinma at Boys’ Quarters

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“Erasure: Works By Johnson Uwadinma”
is Boys’ Quarters’ third exhibition. The detailed and beautifully-crafted works deals with memory, history and the problem of knowledge. The show is open from 13th Dec 2014 till Feb 21st 2015 and is curated by Zina Saro-Wiwa.

It’s election time in Nigeria and in the Niger Delta the fever has gripped many with a depressingly strong and sometimes violent fervour. This show is therefore timely. Johnson Uwadinma is an artist obsessed with memory, often working with old newspapers that, he feels, feature the same stories over and over again. Uwadinma also draws on the urban landscape of Port Harcourt with its multiplicity of torn posters or broken billboards to address his quiet dismay at the inability of information and written media to assist progress: “We are constantly engaged in repetitious conflict, violence, war, political ignorance, corruption and deceit. We repeat history, we never learn. Knowledge fails us, history and truth gets erased.”  Uwadinma is known for his paintings but for Boys’ Quarters he has also created a stunning sculpture from newspaper reflecting not only the problem of collective memory but also his own personal history.

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