Catharsis: Curated by Ikponmwosa Avan-Nomayo

Overview

Eduardo Secci is pleased to announce the group show involving Rafael Baron, Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Hamid Nii Nortey, Oliver Okolo, Evita Tezeno, in the Gallery space in Milan, in Via Olmetto on November 17, 2022. The exhibition curated by Ikponmwosa Avan-Nomayo runs until January 14, 2023.

 

“Catharsis is traditionally characterized as the emotional discharge resulting from experiencing distressing feelings. Still, a broader understanding of catharsis is required to investigate it as a component of aesthetic systems. If you look attentively, you will notice that art and the concept of catharsis are inextricably linked” like says the Curator Ikponmwosa Avan-Nomayo.

 

The Group Show combines the works of five outstanding artists, from paintings to collages, to generate a melting pot of emotions and aesthetic expressions via art. The exhibition, communicate diverse sociological concerns and gains, and one pertinent issue these days is conflict and resolutions. Materiality gives artists the creative freedom to explore concepts and styles without worrying about academic correctness, trends or conventional image finishes.

 

In this new body of works, Raphael Baron mostly portray black people in situations of power, beauty, love, affection and high self-esteem, in a kind of playful way, in situations that art history has denied us. He present portraits of ordinary and working class people, people who are part of his social circle, who are part of the history and construction of my country and of the city where he was born and live, Nova Iguaçu, a peripheral city belonging to the Baixada Fluminense area, in the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. 

 

 

 

Wonder Buhle Mbambo, intends hisartistic practice as a space between his inner soul, his dreams and his identity. He communicates his views from where he is standing as a black youth in South African society and the world at large. South Africa is in a moment of self-realization; reflecting and embracing its cultural diversities, whilst rewriting its stories through the lenses of young people who are curious, like himself.

 

Hamid Nii Nortey, inhisworks are characterized by his signature cross hatching technique which he applies onto the skins of his figures. Contrasting the artist’s broad and smooth Impressionist colour palette, the close-knit parallel lines, varying in spacing and width, create a rough, loose organic texture, conveying the at once visual and tactile qualities of natural skin.

 

Oliver Okolo’s paintings and drawings often start from Western art-historical reference points, recasting works from Vermeer and Michelangelo with Black subjects. He refers to his practice as “classical contemporealism,” a term meant to reflect his blending of classical and contemporary styles.

 

Evita Tezeno’s collage paintings employ richly patterned hand-painted papers and found objects in a contemporary folk-art style. Her work depicts a cast of characters in harmonious everyday scenes inspired by her family and friends, childhood memories in South Texas, personal dreams and moments from her adult life — and influenced by the great 20th century modernists Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and William H. Johnson —scenes of joy animate her vision of a Black America filled with humanity.

Works

Eduardo Secci is pleased to announce the group show involving Rafael Baron, Wonder Buhle Mbambo, Hamid Nii Nortey, Oliver Okolo, Evita Tezeno, in the Gallery space in Milan, in Via Olmetto, from November 17 to January 14, 2022.

The Group Show communicate diverse sociological concerns and gains, and one pertinent issue these days is conflict and resolutions. This theme is broad as it covers the issues of identity, pre and post colonialism, gender inequality.

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Virtual Exhibition