KBK‐ Krazy Bill Klan, 2013, printed on enhanced matt paper, 80cm x 100cm
Omenka Gallery is proud to present Power and Powers, an exhibition of recent photographs by leading contemporary Nigerian artist, Uche James‐Iroha. Supported by Nikon, the exhibition calls for a self-examination and invites the audience to an introspective of 54 years of epileptic power supply in Nigeria.
According to the artist, “These are images that explore the dark and unprogressive romance between political power and electrical power distribution in Nigeria. By far the most populous nation in the continent with vast human and material resources and enormous potential, electricity is still a big issue. Marred by erratic power supply, the nation is caught in the web of deceit where political office seekers clearly use the promise of ‘light ‘as the most effective bait. It is interesting to know that tons of white elephant projects which include a cashless economic system and automated rail transport, are in the works gulping mammoth budgets and will all depend on an efficient electrical supply system.”
The exhibition will be held from 8th to 22nd of November, 2014. All images in Power and Powers were shot exclusively with Nikon.
Uche James‐Iroha was born in 1972. He studied Sculpture at the University of Port Harcourt, graduating in 1995. A year later, he became interested in photography and has since exhibited extensively in Nigeria and around the world. The Prince Claus Fund, a Netherlands-‐based organization that promotes inter-cultural exchange, has described James‐Iroha as the “Leading light of a new generation of Nigerian photographers.”
About Omenka Gallery
Omenka is a leading art gallery in Nigeria and represents a fine selection of established and emerging contemporary African and international artists working in diverse media. Omenka stimulates critical discourse on African art through solo, group and large themed exhibitions accompanied by informed, scholarly catalogues.
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