O’DA Art Gallery is proud to present, The Ascendancy of Machine, an exhibition bringing together the works of Kelani Abass (b.1979) and Olu Amoda (b.1959), running October 29th – November 19th, 2022.
In today’s digital era, the world has evolved in its modes of work, its dissemination of information and social engagement. The influence of modern technology has paved the way for multi-functional practices that ultimately make life easier for the masses. In this exhibition, both artists, although highly distinct in style and subject matter, share a common focus in which the evolution of modern and contemporary practices affect their interpretation of socio-political and environmental discourses in todays Africa. In Kelani Abass’ work, he revisits the history and relationship between Man and Machine as it pertains to Africa’s potential in capitalising production and industrialisation. While using repurposed objects to create his work, Olu Amoda’s sculptures intersect past and present contexts as a means to measure cultural value and encourage appropriate structural reforms in Nigeria. In a sense, both artists call for a shift in ideals, focusing primarily on encouraging a more progressive and forward-thinking environment.