A figurative painter, he
has explored the iconography of the ethnicity and the institution.
He has exhibited internationally and been interviewed for a documentary,
‘International Artists’, on his art and themes in affiliation
with Triangle Arts, Bluecoat Gallery (Liverpool).
On 29 March 2004, descendants of African slaves filed a multibillion
dollar lawsuit in a New York court against Lloyds of London for
financing the trading fleets that transported their ancestors in
their millions across the Atlantic, condemning them to generations
of slavery and oppression in the so-called new world. Similarly
on 23 August 1999 in England, Liverpool City Council decided to
publicly apologize for the city’s role in the Transatlantic
slave trade. Without defining any reparations to the following ruling,
it is in danger of becoming an empty gesture. It is like apologizing
for stealing someone’s wallet without actually returning it.
There can therefore never be any true reconciliation without true
In Africa the ancestors safeguard people’s welfare and
rights. It is the ancestors who ultimately punish wrongdoing, by
sending trouble or illness, even death, to the transgressor.
Elders refer to such righting of wrongs as ‘keeping the house
clean for others’. This allows future generations to inherit
purity instead of having to repair the damage that irresponsible
grandparents or great-grandparents have neglected to fix.
- MALIDOMA SOME, ‘The Healing Wisdom of Africa’
Chain reaction is a courtroom drama with judge, witness, defendants
and exhibits for the jury ‘audience’ to reside over.
The space will be set up to allow both victims and perpetrators
to realize that it is in the interest of both parties to enter into
the process of putting right the ills of the past in order to give
generations a life free of scourge of slavery and genocide.
transVoyeur and the Artist
transVoyeur is the exchange forming history, the demographics of
time, people and places. The institutional and the popular interrelated.
The post-modernity founded on the commerce derived from the breath
of life and immigration, evolving from one of individualism to become
a generational synthesis.
Morality and signification inscribed on the architectural surface,
one of flesh and blood of our forefathers, as is the generics of
the body conventionalized to the aesthetic semiotics of the urbanscape.
The art proposed for transVoyeur is one of the institution and popular
culture considering the monarchy within it historical context in
contrast to the contemporary perceptions, dissecting it to personify
and transpose the degradation of their acts to their place and façade
removed. This exported image of royalty and stature reduced to expose
foibles of this institution.