KELANI ABASS

Exhibition

Solo show - ÌRÁNTÍ

Upcoming participation

PHOTOSAINTGERMAIN 2020

Previous participation

ART PARIS ART FAIR 2020

Kelani Abass

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. The photographic image appears to be the starting point of a multilayered plastic work.

 

Being both a creative medium and a memory object, the picture happens to be dissected and analyzed in its multiple potentials. For his three-dimensional works, the artist mixes original or painted ancient photographic portraits, metallic typefaces and other elements from the world of printing. The work on memory and the importance of archives takes another shape in his graphic pieces: as he multiplies numbered stampings marks on sheets of paper, Kelani Abass proposes a new comprehension of the image.

 

The artist thus brings to light these fragile and personal testimonies of a bygone era of a Nigeria celebrating its independence. The image, studied through its making – its “factory”, reveals its ability to hold and store memory – a multiple, fragmented memory, reassembled, rewritten by the hands of the artist. 

 

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.

GROUP SHOWS -  Selection

2021

5th International Biennale, Casablanca – Maroc

 

2020

« Three Borders », Palace of Lome – Togo

 

2019    

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

« Contemporaries II », SMO Contemporary art, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2018           

« Gallery of Small Things », CCA Lagos, Dakar – Senegal 

 

2017           

« Ori Meta, Odun Meta, Ibikan », ISCP, New York – USA

 

2016           

« Shades of Time », National Museum, Onikan, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2016           

« Ori Meta, Odun Meta, Ibikan », CCA, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2014           

« Painting the Cliché », Hohensalzburg Fortress, Salzburg – Austria

 

2014           

« Art for Peace », African Union, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

Damla Art House, Istanbul – Turkey

Waldorf Astoria, New York – USA

 

2012           

« Live Constructions. Time. Form. Daily », CCA, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2012           

« Convergence, Svengali Designs », Omenka Gallery, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2010           

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

 

2005           

« Within Our Grasp », National Museum, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2002           

« God of this age », Didi Museum, Lagos – Nigeria

SOLO SHOWS

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

ARTFAIRS - Selection

2020 

Art Paris Art Fair, 31 project, Paris – France 

 

2019            

Also Known As Africa, Nil Gallery, Paris – France               

1.54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London – UK

 

2018           

Art X Lagos, Arthouse Contemporary, Lagos – Nigeria      

1.54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London – UK

2017           

African Culture & Design Festival, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2014           

FNB Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre – South Africa

 

2012           

Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre – South Africa

 

2010           

Art Expo, 4th International Art Expo Nigeria, National Museum, Lagos – Nigeria

 

2008           

Art Expo, 3rd International Art Expo Nigeria, National Museum, Lagos – Nigeria

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES - Selection

2020           

Malt Air, Maltfabrikken, Ebetoft – Denmark

 

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 art 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 Nigerian 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 (painting)

 

2004        

Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria

National Diploma (Arts)

 

 

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