Usen Obot’s exhibition titled ‘Versus’ is his first time exhibiting after two years of work that includes a family portrait for Billionaire Philanthropist, Partice Motsepe.
The exhibit starts at 6:00pm tonight and runs until 30 April 2013.
Obot was born in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and is of Ibibio descent. Aftre moving to South Africa in 2003 he participated, developed , implemented and facilitated in various art and community development projects and has exhibited extensively, locally and internationally.
Obot says of his work; “My works seeks to interrogate and bring to the fore our inner consciousness that we have or not harnessed to influence our society.
“My work has evolved from two dimensional presentations in pen, ink, water colour , oils and acrylic presentations of sites, events, objects, emotions and thoughts to experimentations into common materials. In turn my colours, material and the theme in my recent works have equally changed to reflect and encompass our society’s present state, my experiences and the thinking that I wish to provoke.
“In my recent body of work, I have focused on the exploration into the use and combination of common materials such as Clay, leather, fabric, skin, Perspex, metal, glass fibre, etc. These stretches across painting, sculpture, installation and site specific.
“My work addresses gender roles, social injustices – xenophobia, racism, exclusion, domestic violence
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