The recently-opened Tiwani Contemporary gallery brings London its first permanent exhibition space exclusively for contemporary African art. The artists exhibited to date have been predominantly Nigerian, but the curators plan to expand the scope of the collection to incorporate visual artists from across the continent. The gallery has links to the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos — their curatorial advisor is Bisi Silva, the Centre’s founder and artistic director. Tiwani’s primary aim is to promote African artists to UK collectors, but the gallery is open to the public and has a programme of free talks and panel discussions.
Until 19th May, the gallery is showing new work from the sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp. It’s Personal features large, figurative steel sculptures that combine her Nigerian heritage with experiences of life in South London:
“This exhibition presents a continuation of the artist’s exploration of life, but presented from a more intimate and biographical perspective. Personal as well as physical maturity are Douglas Camp’s point of deviation. Her steel sculptures, metal drawings, fusion of colour and found objects are both an honest examination of emotional transitions as well as celebration of maturity, power and independence.”
There’s a nice interview with her here in which she talks about the Nigerian Renaissance that inspired her as a young artist (and about pouring the evil spirits of her menopause into these figures):
Tiwani Contemporary, 16 Little Portland Street, London, W1W 8BP