Sanaa Gateja, Visitors, 2019, paperbeads on barkcloth, 226x160cm

Sanaa Gateja, Visitors, 2019, paperbeads on barkcloth, 226x160cm

Sanaa Gateja, White mood, , 2018, Paper beads on barkcloth, 192.5x156cm

Sanaa Gateja, White mood, , 2018, Paper beads on barkcloth, 192.5x156cm

Sanaa Gateja, Parallel Journeys, 2017, 130x150cm, Paper beads stiched on barkcloth

Sanaa Gateja, Parallel Journeys, 2017, 130x150cm, Paper beads stiched on barkcloth

Sanaa Gateja, Addressed, 2018,Paperbeads on barcloth, 140 diameter

Sanaa Gateja, Addressed, 2018,Paperbeads on barcloth, 140 diameter

Kelani Abass | Stamping History, (Making Time 3), 90X93cm, 2019, Hand numbering on paper

Kelani Abass | Stamping History, (Making Time 3), 90X93cm, 2019, Hand numbering on paper

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  • Moments In Time
  • Kelani Abass Sanaa Gateja Tyna Adebowale

  • October 2 - 6, 2019

  • 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair London


  • SMO Contemporary Art is delighted to present Moments in Time at 1.54 London, with exceptional textile and paper tapestries by master Ugandan artist Sanaa Gateja, alongside powerful works on paper and canvas by Kelani Abass, and Tyna Adebowale from Nigeria.

     

    Moments in Time explores contemporary themes, which coalesce around our diverse histories and identity as Africans. Sanaa’s intricate works created out of bark cloth, paper, raffia, beads, wood, and banana fiber respond to the subject of nature and materiality which is central in his work, which can be categorized as installation, tapestry, and sculpture. Abass uses outdated technology like obsolete date-stamping machines and archival photos in the creation of multilayered works, exploring personal histories against the background of social and political events frozen in time and memory. Adebowale uses the body as a signifier to question feminism and gender, critique patriarchy, and celebrate the strength and resilience of women.

     

    Moments in Time presents a common thread between Sanaa’s colorful weaving and stitching, Kelani’s rhythmic stamping on paper, and Tyna’s miniscule text-filled monochrome swirls, offering fresh perspectives and powerful new insight into contemporary art coming out of Africa.