Nigerian artist, and friend, Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi, has an exhibition at the Watermans Art Centre in London. Smooth and Emeka Ogboh are conceptual artists from Nigeria who work collaboratively as One-Room Shack. Watermans is holding a Festival of groundbreaking installations exploring interactivity and participation in Media and Digital Art to celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London, and One-Room Shack’s piece ‘UNITY’ comes under Waterman’s ‘Representing Africa’ platform.
UNITY expresses the artists’ interests in the language of Ubuntu, a South African philosophical understanding of humanism, which affirms human interconnectedness in the social sphere. In its interactivity, UNITY brings people together through the structure of the work, looking into the possibilities of Ubuntu in a neo-liberal world where the excesses of hyper-capitalism overrule compassion and selflessness.
I missed the opening and artist’s discussion but Waterman’s has an interview available on their site, as well as further details about the exhibit, which is open until the 8th April.
Watermans – International Festival of Digital Art
UNITY: Saturday 25 February – Sunday 8 April 2012
Daily 12 noon – 9 pm
Categories: Visual Art and Artists