Featuring Nigerian artist Alimi Adewale.
United by my interest in materiality and rich surface textures, I use my work to explore topical urban issues, documenting everyday city people who are often neglected and displaced in the drive toward excessive urbanisation, rapid modern development and the growing global economy. The focus of this exhibition is on the global issues of migration (paintings) and free speech (sculptures). I have employed materials such as Dhurrie Rugs, dyed and stitched heavy cotton in the paintings, bronze and stone in the sculptures.
The sculptures in this exhibition highlight the issues of free speech. These anonymous, almost faceless sculptures in bronze and stone are created to start a discourse around freedom of speech, which is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community.