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5 Reasons Why You Need To Experience the CHANGING FACES Art Exhibition at Retro Africa

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Retro Africa is back with another exciting contemporary art exhibition by Alimi Adewale and we have 5 unarguable reasons why you need to experience it!

This spring, lovers of lifestyle, art collectors, and enthusiasts of culture-oriented fun finally have a reason to celebrate.

The highly acclaimed Abuja art house, RETRO AFRICA is hosting a must-see solo contemporary art exhibition with paintings and sculptures by Alimi Adewale

curated by Dolly Kola-Balogun and Ugonna Ibe-Ejiogu.


Many lifestyle guides have penned ‘A day at Retro Africa’ as one of the top 10 things to do when visiting Abuja.

This is because the 6-year-old gallery never fails to organize top-notch activities, exciting exhibitions, art fairs, and intercultural dialogues.


Get Inspired By The Artist – Alimi Adewale

 Alimi Adewale is a Nigerian artist who actually studied mechanical engineering in Ilorin, Kwara state

yet had an insatiable passion for art and loved frequenting exhibitions.

After graduating, he wasted no time in developing his skill by attending various art workshops and residencies across the world.


Alimi is best known for his timeless and time-oriented pieces,

which blend realism with abstraction and encompasses urban landscapes, monumental portraits, and nudes

Through the medium of painting, sculptures, and installations he provides a reflection on the issues that plague everyday people.

Having exhibited every year from 2012 till now,

it’s safe to say that this solo art exhibition may be his biggest yet!

As the artworks within, represent a response to recent global upheavals (suffered by Blacks and Nigerians everywhere).

These upheavals Alimi explores include the worldwide pandemic and protests against state-sanctioned police violence in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, United States, and beyond.

In a world where we are fighting to be heard and rediscovering the new normal, ‘Changing Faces’ promises a resonance that will linger forever.

Here are 5 more reasons why you must attend this event!

An out-of-this-world experience 

Featuring 15 large-scale impasto paintings,

extra-large minimalist and abstract sculptures coated in acrylics,

not to mention; an installation of works suspended from the ceiling beams;

Alimi Adewale (with the help of the curators) went above and beyond to create an ethereal, out-of-this-world experience for his audience to enjoy and live through. 

A strong humanitarian message:

At the core of everything in life, we must remember that we are human

and art is a channel through which we send and receive humanitarian messages that will impact our lives forever.

The curators expressed…

Rather than what separates us as individuals, Alimi Adewale’s message is an emphasis on our commonwealth as keepers of the human race tasked with unifying a deeply divided world,

further fractured by religious differences, income, and gender inequalities.

Lovers of unique art:

The curators further added-

Alimi Adewale repurposes long-held tenets of European, modern, and indigenous art

into new visions of African figuration which will tickle the fancy of unique art lovers.

In this exhibition, he proposes alternative ways of channeling all people into one mind;

whilst shifting how art history is conceived, and showing what can happen when a unique voice is afforded new prominence and deep consideration.

COVID Compliant fun: 

Changing Faces will present newly commissioned works spread across the two floors of the gallery,

to ensure that visitors maintain social distancing whilst being entranced by the art.

The exhibition represents the perfect group experience that can be enjoyed with friends and family members alike,

yet, still falls under the umbrella of Covid compliant fun.


TGIF in Abuja:

If you live in Abuja or its environs, technically, you have no reason not to come through! The event will be held in the heart of Abuja. 

Viewing starts at 6:30 pm until 9:30 pm, and since the public opening falls on a Friday,

you’d be pleased to know that cocktails and drinks will be served throughout the entertaining evening.

Location: RETRO AFRICA GALLERY, 12 Ukpabi Asika Street, Asokoro, Abuja

Event: CHANGING SPACES “New Frontiers In Figurative Art”

Artist: Alimi Adewale

Date of Public Opening: April 30th

Time: 6:30pm

Entry: FREE


The exhibition will run throughout the month of May up until Tuesday, June 25th, 2021.

Click this link to learn more about RETRO AFRICA


By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono

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