ARANPO / Stitch
A solo exhibition of Akirash, opening April 6th
ARANPO / Stitch is a solo exhibition of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash. Originally from Nigeria, Akirash is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist.
OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 6TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – SAT AND SUN FROM 12 TO 6PM FROM APRIL 8TH – 23RD
For the last 15 years, he has won three international awards, seven grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies. He has been invited to many higher institutions as a visiting artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin, exhibiting his work at Co-lab, Mass Gallery, Fusebox, MOAH, Art on 5th, and Big Medium.
ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.
We continue making the same mistakes over and over again, but we are still here. We are still stitching A to B, X to Y to Z, no matter how many times they try to push us down. We look for trouble that costs us dearly by sticking our noses into that which does not concern us, by trying to carry the burdens of others. If we stick to together like glue without blame and assume the part that we all have to play, we shall prevail.
We are family.