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Nike Davies-Okundaye @ Gallery of African Art
10 December 2015 - 6 February 2016
The Power of One Woman, is an exhibition of works by the internationally acclaimed Nigerian artist Chief Nike Davies-Okundaye. Featuring early pen and ink works, delicate watercolours, jewellery and Adire textiles, this exhibition provides the audience with a rich body of work from a consistent and dedicated practice which spans over 40 years. This exhibition also showcases never-before-seen photographs by Joanna Lipper, revealing new, groundbreaking dimensions of Nike’s multi-faceted identity as a Yoruba Chief, daughter, mother, wife, artist, teacher, and social entrepreneur. Guided by creative ingenuity, Chief Davies-Okundaye has received numerous international recognitions for her role in elevating Adire – an indigo-dyed cloth produced by Yoruba Women in Southwestern Nigeria – into an art form, and is credited with the contemporary revival of Adire. Her dynamic compositions embody new and traditional techniques and pioneering new ways of printing onto the indigo-dyed cloth.