Afro-Pop Art:Politics, Life and Lyrics

15 Oct 2009 – 12 Nov 2009

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arc Gallery

England, United Kingdom


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  • 149, 259, 243, 279, 476
  • Seven Sisters Victoria Line
  • Bruce Grove Overground
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Afro-Pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyrics, at the arc Gallery, brings a taste of the critically acclaimed artist, Ghariokwu Lemi's vibrant take on iconicity, political narration, and realism to London. A name made famous since the glorious years of Fela Kuti's Afro-beat phenomenon, Ghariokwu Lemi has become renowned for his unique style of illustration, spanning themes of everyday life, popular culture, fashion, politics, and music. Afro-Pop Art: Politics, Life and Lyrics will focus on his most recent creations, using new media, including plastic. His political satire is ever topical and his vivid kaleidoscopic graphics are as gritty, loud, and colourful as the culture that created them. Lemi's work documents issues of leadership, migration, war and economics that still exist, not only in Nigeria but on a global scale, as a glaring reminder that the mistakes of old are being repeated and the almost prophetic nature of the lyrics of the Afro-beat movement are reoccurring. His art is rebellious, colourful, comical and sensual; making it so easily accessible because of his cartooning illustrations, collages of well known personalities and fantastic use of colour.

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