George Edozie in Studio

Reception at Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)

December 2, 2014 from 7 – 9 PM

Both the artist and the curator of Shifting the Paradigm: The Art of George Edozie were born in Nigeria, however they each work internationally as cultural practitioners who question so-called “post-modern” theories about aesthetics.

Read more: A Conversation with George Edozie

His Majesty, lgwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, CFR, MNI, Obi of Onitsha

His Majesty, lgwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, was born in Onitsha Nigeria in 1941. Onitsha is located in the state of Anambra in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. After earning his BA in Chemistry from Stanford and an MBA from Columbia, he enjoyed a 30-year career with the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, where he was appointed to the board of directors and managed of the Eastern Division of the company which was responsible for the production of one-quarter of Nigeria’s s oil output (500,000 barrels per day).

Read more: The Role of Art in Community Transformation: His Majesty Nnaemeka Ugochukwu Achebe

A Note on The Pan-African Circle of Artists

The Pan-African Circle of Artists (PACA) was founded at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1991 by some young artists of Nigerian and Ghanaian origins. Part of the aim was to create a forum on which art and culture in Africa could be promoted and disseminated from inside by Africans and on Africa’s terms.

Read more: The Pan-African Circle of Artists and Afrika Heritage

Contemplating eastern concepts condenses and incorporates sceneries into an old iconic form; packed with sacred motifs and emblems constituting the work of art. This concept confirms the interactive and conversing narrative characteristic that takes numerous sensual, realistic and abstract geometric forms, swinging between the peripheral and inner dimensions of impressionist formation and art work structure. The interaction between plastic arts components incorporates the essential characteristics of expression, forming my simplification order based on insignia that combines narration with expression.

Read more: From the Earth, Heart, Eye, Soul to the Wall

In February 1897, the British Empire waged war on the old Benin Kingdom. At the end of the battle, Benin City was burnt to ashes. The Oba of Benin was deposed, most of his chiefs murdered, numerous innocent lives were lost. The war, apparently Obinali Egele, general manager of Markets and Investments, producers of Crown Fraud, said was punishment for the Benin people for not accepting the occupation of the white men who invaded their lands. The British invaders also looted over 3000 Benin artefacts of monumental cultural heritage, which held the secret to the events that shaped the history of Benin
Read more: The Tradition of Looting Africa by Western Institutions

In 1807 the slave trade was outlawed within the British Empire, however enslaved workers did not become finally free until 1838. After the abolition, sugar plantation owners quickly turned their sights to an alternative supply of workers. Indian workers were recruited to Trinidad, to work on the plantations in harsh conditions. The exhibition features remarkable images of the Indian community in Trinidad, many wearing beautiful traditional dress.
Read more: A Museum Exhibit in United Kingdom Marks the 200 Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery
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