KELANI ABASS

Kelani Abass artist 31 PROJECT gallery

Born in 1979, lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

In his work, Kelani Abass explores the importance of the material heritage and the archive as a link between the past and the present. The photographic image is the starting point for a multi-layered plastic work. 

 

As a creative medium and object of memory, the photographic image is dissected and analysed through the multiplicity of forms that compose it. For his three-dimensional works, the artist uses old portrait photographs, original or reproduced in paint, which he retrieves from the archives inherited from his father's publishing business. Metal typefaces and other elements from the world of printing are added to these compositions. The relationship to memory and the importance of the archive assumes another dimension in his graphic work, where he recreates the image by repeated imprints applied with an ink pad. 

Kelani Abass thus brings to light these fragile and personal testimonies of a past time in Nigeria celebrating its independence. In this study of the "manufacture" of the image, the latter appears in its essential function as a support for memory - a fragmentary and multiple memory, rewritten and reassembled by the artist's hands.

 

Trained at the Yaba College of Technology in Lagos, Kelani Abass has exhibited in Nigeria and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions include [Re:] Entanglements, Contemporary Art and Colonial Archives at the National Museum Lagos in 2020 and If I could save time at the CCA Lagos in 2019.

In 2020 he has been selected to present his work at the 5th Casablanca International Biennale. Kelani Abass has participated in several residencies and workshops including Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California and Malt Air, Maltfabrikken, Ebetoft, Denmark.

 
 

CURRICULUM VITAE

SOLO SHOWS

2021

1-54 Paris, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

2020

Iranti, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

2019

Re-entanglements, Contemporary art and Colonial History, National Museum, Lagos - Nigeria

2016

If I could save time, CCA, Lagos – Nigeria

Aso Igba, Art Clip Africa, Lagos - Nigeria

2013

Asiko-evoking personal narratives and collective history, CCA,

Lagos - Nigeria

2011

Man & Machine, Omenka Gallery, Lagos - Nigeria

2009

Paradigm Shift, Mydrim Gallery, Lagos - Nigeria

 

GROUP SHOWS | Selection

2022

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

 

2021

Cinquième Biennale Internationale de Casablanca – Maroc

AKAA, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France

Artissima, 31 PROJECT, Paris - France

1-54 Londres, Londres - UK

 

2020

Art Paris art fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Three Borders, Palais de Lome - Togo

 

2019

No Room for Fear, SMO Contemporary art, London – UK

AKAA, Nil Gallery, Paris - France

1:54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London - UK

 

 

2018

Contemporaries II, SMO Contemporary art, Lagos - Nigeria

Gallery of Small Things, CCA Lagos, Dakar – Senegal

Art X Lagos, Arthouse Contemporary, Lagos - Nigeria

1:54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London - UK

 

2017

Ori Meta, Odun Meta, Ibikan, ISCP, New York - USA

African Culture & Design Festival, Lagos - Nigeria

 

2016

Shades of Time, National Museum, Onikan, Lagos - Nigeria

Ori Meta, Odun Meta, Ibikan, CCA, Lagos - Nigeria

2014

Painting the Cliche, Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzbourg - Austria

Art for Peace, African Union, Addis Ababa- Ethiopie, puis Damla Art House, Istanbul - Turquie et Waldorf Astoria, New York - USA

FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre – South Africa

 

2012

Live Constructions. Time. Form. Daily, CCA, Lagos - Nigeria

Convergence, Svengali Designs, Omenka Gallery, Lagos – Nigeria

Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre - South Africa

 

 

2010

City of a Thousand Masks, Caterina de Medici/3rd Black Heritage Exhibition, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos – Nigeria

Art Expo, 4th International Art Expo Nigéria, National Museum,

Lagos - Nigeria

 

2008

Art Expo, 3rd International Art Expo Nigéria, National Museum,

Lagos - Nigeria

2005

Within Our Grasp, National Museum, Lagos - Nigeria

 

2002

God of this age, Didi Museum, Lagos - Nigeria

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES | Selection

2022

3 Weeks Residency at La Maison d’Odile, by The Room Projects,

Bernède – France

 

2020

Malt Air, Maltfabrikken, Ebetoft - Danemark

 

2018

Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco - USA

 

2014

Salzburg International Summer Academy, Painting the cliché - Austria

 

2013

Professional Development Workshop for artists, CCA, Lagos - Nigeria

 

2012

4 weeks international residency, History/Matter with CCA, Lagos - Nigeria

 

2010

2 weeks residency programme by CCA and Triangle Workshop – Nigeria

AWARDS

2016

The 2016 Achievers Alumni's Excellence Award, Yaba College of Technology  

 

2014

Distinguished Artists, Society of Nigérian Artist, Lagos Chapter

2010

First Prize winner, Caterina de Medici/3rd Black Heritage 

International Painting Competition

EDUCATION

2007

Yaba College of Technology, Lagos - Nigeria       

Higher National Diploma (peinture)

 

2004

Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria

National Diploma (Art Général)

WITH 31 PROJECT

PUBLICATIONS

2020

ÌRÁNTÍ

EXHIBITIONS

2020

SMALL, group show

ÌRÁNTÍ, solo show, with catalogue

ARTFAIRS

2021

AKAA, Paris

Artissima, Turin

1-54, London

1-54, Paris, solo show

2020

Art Paris Art Fair, group show