1 October –
22 November 2003
At Spacex, in the context of the Middle England Series, Oladélé Bamgboyé presents a traditional Devonshire cob house, built from straw bales, thatched and rendered in mud, which incorporates a newly-commissioned video-work using locally-sourced archive footage of Devon and Nigeria.
A second aspect of the installation re-contextualises the video-work in a museological ‘white cube’ setting. Bamgboyé’s work has been included in numerous major international exhibitions.
Oladélé Bamgboyé was born in Odo-Eku, Nigeria, in 1963, and moved to the UK when he was 10 years-old. In the 1990s his return to Nigeria led to a series of video-works which focussed on his own relationship with Africa and existence in Europe.
He describes the aim of his working practice as being “ to challenge the assumed knowledge that perpetuates the continual denial of advancements in Africa, both past and present, in relation to the West… To watch almost anything on television about Africa in the West is to experience varying degrees of voyeurism. We are not presented with anything other than a tragic account of disasters and conflicts, man-made and natural. Africa continues to be naturalized, a poor relation to the developed world”.
Recent one-person exhibitions include Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Helsinki City Art Museum. This is his first solo exhibition in England.
The Big Draw
18 October 2003
Artist Ruth Oakley leads drawing workshops relating to Introspect.
30 October 2003
Raimi Gbadamosi, author of The Dreamers’ Perambulator and assistant curator of Introspect, leads a guided walk through Exeter.
13 November 2003
Cob Construction with Jackie Abey and Jill Smallcombe
Oladélé Bamgboyé’s Devonshire ‘mud-hut’ was rendered in cob by Jackie Abey and Jill Smallcombe. Cob is a mixture of sub-soil, straw and water. This event is a chance to find out more about cob building techniques traditional to Devon and much of West Africa.