Kelani Abass artist 31 PROJECT gallery

Born in 1979, 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.

 

KELANI ABASS

 
 

 

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

GROUP SHOWS -  Selection

2021

Cinquième Biennale Internationale de Casablanca – Morocco

2020

Art Paris art fair, 31 PROJECT, Paris – France

Three Borders, Palais de Lome - Togo

 

2019

No Room for Fear, SMO Contemporary art, Londres – United Kingdom

 

2018

Contemporaries II, SMO Contemporary art, Lagos - Nigeria

Gallery of Small Things, CCA Lagos, Dakar - Senegal

 

2017

Ori Meta, Odun Meta, Ibikan, ISCP, New York - United States of America

 

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- Ethiopia, then Damla Art House, Istanbul - Turkey et Waldorf Astoria, New York - United States of America

2012

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

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

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

ARTFAIRS - Selection

2019

Also Known As Africa, Nil Gallery, Paris - France

1:54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London - United Kingdom

2018

Art X Lagos, Arthouse Contemporary, Lagos - Nigeria

1:54 London, SMO Contemporary art, London - United Kingdom

 

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 Nigéria, National Museum, Lagos - Nigeria

 

2008

Art Expo, 3rd International Art Expo Nigéria, National Museum, Lagos - Nigeria

WORKSHOPS AND RESIDENCIES - Selection

2020

Malt Air, Maltfabrikken, Ebetoft - Denmark

 

2018

Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco - United States of America

 

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 Artists, 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

1-54, Paris, solo show

2020

Art Paris Art Fair, group show