The Wheatbaker (Lagos, Nigeria) was delighted to host UNMASKED (March 10 - May 4th, 2018), the third edition of Standing Out, the yearly female artist exhibition curated by SMO Contemporary Art. UNMASKED presents the work of seven avant-garde female artists based in Nigeria, interpreting the power of women & mental health, in honor of World Women’s Day (March 8, 2018).
UNMASKED featured powerful paintings, photographs, digital art, ceramic works, a string installation and spoken word performance by artists who are not afraid to speak up and out: Nengi Omuku, Koromone Koroye, Nyancho NwaNri, Djakou Kassi Nathalie, Queen Nwaneri, Reha Shishodia and Somi Nwandu.
The artists explore the link between our thought world vis-a-vis the pressures women face in society. How do we break down societal constructs on what it is and what it takes to be a woman? How do women present their true selves? UNMASKED explores the concept of our multi-layered selves, boldly revealing what is behind the mask and exploring society’s obsession with perfection vis-à-vis our emotional reality and balance.
We are the star signs and the solar system
We are the girls who revolve around the earth
We are the sun
We are the girls who change with the seasons
So let us be those girls
- from 'We Are the Girls' by Koroye Koromone
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