Cologne Fine Art & Design

20 - 24 November 2019

Time & Place

Description

Sakhile&Me presents paintings, sculptures and wall installations by Osi Audu, Nnenna Okore, Ghizlane Sahli, Bambo Sibiya and Adejoke Tugbiyele at Cologne Fine Art & Design. The art fair is held at Koelnmesse and runs from 20 to 24 November 2019.

Osi Audu's practice over the last three decades has consistently focused on abstract art that retains some figurative elements, forming a series of geometric acrylic paintings in contrasting colours and monochromatic grey and black drawings. Following the Yoruba concept of Ori Inu ("the inner head"), Audu's works - most of them portraits of the self (hence their title "self- portraits") - raise questions about the dual and oftentimes multifaceted nature of "the self" and draw attention to the head as a signifier of consciousness and as an object of self-knowing. Audu received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Ife (Nigeria) in 1980 and his Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from the University of Georgia in Athens (USA) in 1984. Audu's work has shown in prestigious institutions such as Iwalewa-Haus (Bayreuth), the British Museum (London), the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of African Art (Washington D.C.) and the Museo Di Palazzo Grimani during the Venice Biennale. He lives and works in New York.

Nnenna Okore is best known for her fiber sculptures whose intricate textures and vibrant colors reference organic elements and explore themes of transience and transformation. Made from burlap, cheesecloth, rope, yarn, paper and wire, they form richly textured installations sprouting from the walls like organisms growing out to meet the space. More recently, Okore also began creating textured acrylic and clay paintings reminiscent of fossil-like structures and topographic landscapes, inviting the viewer to contemplate the passing of time and prompting an excavation of life forms drawn from memory and imagination. Okore was born in Australia, raised in Nigeria and Swaziland and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. She has received her bachelor's degree in fine and applied arts from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and her master of fine arts degree from the University of Iowa and has trained with El Anatsui, Chike Aniakor and Chijioke Onuora. Over the last two decades, the 2012 Fulbright Fellow has shown in over 100 solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Okore lives and works in both Nigeria and Illinois.

Ghizlane Sahli's art practice is deeply inspired by her background in architecture, embroidery and her interest in environmental sustainability. The artist creates cellular-form ink drawings with light but detailed embroidery patterns and sculptures made from silk-wrapped bottle tops, which she refers to as "the Alveoles." Sahli studied architecture at the École d'Architecture de Paris-Tolbiac and the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville and upon returning to her home country founded an embroidery workshop with local artisan women in Marrakech. In 2012, she co-founded the artist collective Zbel Manifesto that dedicates its practice primarily to working with waste and repurposed materials. Sahli has had exhibitions in London, Marrakesh, Milan and Paris.

Bambo Sibiya incorporates printmaking techniques in his practice, including the use of charcoal, linocuts and lithographs in his large-scale paintings on canvas. His two works in this presentation highlight individuals of South African mining communities, depicting them in moments of leisure and reflection. Sibiya received a certificate in Fine Arts from the Mbira School of Music and Art in 2000 and earned a certificate in Design from Benoni Technical College in 2005. He then trained in printmaking at the Artist Proof Studio (APS) in Johannesburg where he worked on large-scale linocut prints with artists like Norman Catherine, William Kentridge, Colbert Mashile and Diane Victor. His work has shown in solo and group exhibitions in Botswana, France, the Seychelles, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Adejoke Tugbiyele works with a diverse range of materials including wire, natural fibers, fabric and wood to create intricate sculptures. Her works are charged with symbolic meanings that bridge and layer historical, cultural and political ideas around race, gender and sexuality with that of class, economy, sex-politics and religion. In the monumental sculpture "Drama", Tugbiyele creates her interpretation of "the modern African lady" as she engages ideas about matriarchal forms, systems and strategies in response to patriarchal frameworks, blurring the lines between the dual nature of masculinity and femininity. An award-winning, queer, black artist and advocate based in Johannesburg, Tugbiyele received her Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2002 and her M.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013.

Artists

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019: Osi Audu

Osi Audu

Osi Audu is an artist and curator whose practice over the last three decades has elevated abstract art through his geometric "self-portraits" that interrogate the duality of form/void and the tangible/intangible as they relate to the self and self-consciousness. He received fine arts degrees from the University of Ife and the University of Georgia. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019: Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore is an internationally acclaimed artist who is known for her intricate mixed media sculptures. More recently, she also started creating vibrant textured paintings. She has received art degrees from the University of Nigeria in Nsukka and the University of Iowa and is currently Chair of the Art Department at North Park University in Chicago. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019: Ghizlane Sahli

Ghizlane Sahli

Ghizlane Sahli creates cellular-form ink drawings and large enchanting silk-thread sculptures made from used bottle tops. Her sculptures, which she refers to as?"the Alveoles", are deeply inspired by her interest in architecture, embroidery and environmental sustainability. Sahli received degrees in architecture from Paris-Tolbiac and Paris-Belleville. More...

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019: Bambo Sibiya

Bambo Sibiya

Bambo Sibiya is a South African artist who lives and works in Johannesburg. Working with charcoal and acrylic paint, Sibiya creates large-scale portraits of people from migrant communities, particularly coal miners, often depicting them in moments of leisure. He received a Certificate in Art and Design from the Benoni Technical College in 2005 and has trained at the renowned Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.

Artists at Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019: Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele

Adejoke Tugbiyele is an award-winning artist whose work explores LGBTQ human rights issues and her own identity as a queer woman of Nigerian descent. She has received degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Maryland Institute College of Art and her œuvre encompasses sculptures, paintings, drawings, videos and live performance. Tugbiyele lives and works in South Africa. More...


Works

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Painting

2018

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Painting

2018

Acrylic on canvas

56,0 x 79,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, Yoruba Head

Self-Portrait, Yoruba Head

Painting

2018

Acrylic on canvas

56,0 x 79,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Self-Portrait after Dogon Bird Mask

Drawing

2019

Graphite and pastel on paper (mounted on canvas)

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Osi Audu: Self-Portrait, The Bearded

Self-Portrait, The Bearded

Painting

2019

Acrylic on canvas

28,0 x 38,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 078

Histoires de Tripes 078

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

103,0 x 103,0 x 32,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 079

Histoires de Tripes 079

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

90,0 x 90,0 x 24,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes 080

Histoires de Tripes 080

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk, plastic bottles and plastic tubes on wire frame and wooden plate

96,0 x 88,0 x 28,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Volume 006)

Histoires de Tripes (Volume 006)

Wall Sculpture

2019

Silk and plastic tubes on wire frame

80,0 x 45,0 x 45,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 001)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 001)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 002)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 002)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 003)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 003)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 004)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 005)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 005)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Ghizlane Sahli: Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Histoires de Tripes (Drawing 006)

Drawing

2019

Ink and silk on paper

23,0 x 31,0 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 7

Untitled 7

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61,0 x 61,0 cm

Nnenna Okore: Untitled 10

Untitled 10

Painting

2018

Acrylic and clay on foam board

61,0 x 61,0 cm

Bambo Sibiya: Dear Msakazi

Dear Msakazi

Painting

2018

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas

163,0 x 110,0 cm

Bambo Sibiya: Luxury Time

Luxury Time

Painting

2018

Acrylic and charcoal on canvas

163,0 x 110,0 cm

Adejoke Tugbiyele: Drama

Drama

Sculpture

2018

Palm spines, oil funnels, gas pumps, perforated metal, hardware cloth, wire and black paint

211,0 x 61,0 x 61,0 cm