‘Framing Her’: An Art Exhibition by GAIA Africa and Aworanka

Art is perhaps the ultimate form of expression, and in recognition of its powerful, evocative nature as well as its ability to express what words sometimes are unable to articulate, GAIA Africa in partnership with Aworanka is holding an art exhibition that will last for three months.

Tagged Framing Her, the exhibition hopes “to advocate for diversity, inclusion and gender equality with a strong focus on both professional and artistic environments” according to an official statement from the organisers.

Cover for the Framing Her exhibition showing details against art by Bidemi Joseph
The Framing Her art exhibition will be open to the public after a private, strictly-by-invitation preview.

Eighty-three artworks from nineteen different artists have been carefully curated to cover a broad range of issues in social, political and cultural contexts. They will be grouped into three major categories and showcased on different levels of the GAIA Africa Clubhouse accordingly.

On the ground floor, visitors will be welcomed with paintings that feature traditional mediums such as oil paint, acrylics and inks on canvas. Here, expect to see drawings of women from Aina Felix in colourful cultural clothes and flamboyant headgear. You would also encounter the emotive acrylic artwork of Seyi Odukoya as well as the vivid and colourful paintings of Chijioke Anyacho.

Living Life on the Fast Lanse. Oil on Canvas painting
Living Life on the Fast Lane. Oil on Canvas by Chijioke Anyacho. Image courtesy of artist via Instagram

Mixed media is the theme on the first floor where artists like Stacey Ejiroghene Okparavero will grab your attention with her works that combine words with images. Do not be surprised if you’re held in place by the works of Konboye Eugene Ebipade who uses recycled flip-flops to artistically interpret emotions in portraits or the pieces from Ahmed Akinrionla that combine metal with other materials like fibreglass or terracotta.

image of artwork by Stacey Okparavero for Framing Her exhibition
From the We the Kings series, art by Stacey Okparavero. Image courtesy of artist via Instagram

If you are a digital art lover, be prepared to fall in love with creative pieces such as the vibrant and colourful works of Adetomiwa Adelagun; the stunning portraits of Ohab Tochukwu Bernard John Bosco, and, the vivid illustrations of Niyi Okeowo, all on the top floor of the GAIA Club House.

About GAIA Africa and Aworanka

GAIA Africa is a members-only club for select leading women looking to establish bonds for impact in their lives and businesses. The GAIA house is a safe space where members can meet for business and social purposes to forge lasting connections.

Artwork by Niyi Okeowo of two women holding babies
Art by Niyi Okeowo. Image courtesy of artist via Instagram

Aworanka is a platform designed to showcase African arts globally and simplify the process of acquiring them. It also provides art advisory services for corporates, individuals, architects, interior designers and decorators.

Framing Her will be live at the GAIA Clubhouse following a preview event on the 9th of October 2021. The exhibition will run from October 2021 to January 2022. Bookings must be made on the clubhouse’s website here.

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