Biography of the artist
Solo show: Kelani Abass
October 16th - November 21st, 2020
31 rue de Seine – 75006 Paris
31 PROJECT is happy to announce its upcoming exhibition: a solo show dedicated to Nigerian artist Kelani Abass.
Entitled Ìrántí, the exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue including an essay by Valentine Umansky (Curator of International Art - Tate Modern, London).
This individual show will be showcased during the 2020 edition of Photo Saint Germain ( 6 - 21 November).
Born in 1979, Kelani Abass lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.
Kelani Abass explores in his work the importance of material heritage and the archive as a bridge between past and present. As a multimedia artist, he studies the possibilities inherent in painting, photography and printing in order to explore the "factory" of the image: the image as a trace and as a support for memory. In his compositions, the artist mixes original or painted old photographic portraits, metallic typefaces and other elements from the world of printing. Kelani Abass thus brings to light these fragile and personal testimonies of a bygone era of a Nigeria celebrating its independence.
Trained at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Kelani Abass had exhibited in Nigeria and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘[Re:] Entanglements, Contemporary Art and Colonial Archives’, National Museum Lagos in 2019 and 'if I could save time' at CCA Lagos in 2019. In 2020, He has been selected to present his work at the 5th International Biennale Casablanca . Kelani Abass has taken part in several residencies and workshops including Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California and Malt Air, Maltfabrikken, Ebetoft Denmark.