(c) Photo Credit: Lena Naumann. Sculpture by Susanne Wenger, Oshun Grove, Oshogbo.
In early May 2016, junior researcher Lena Naumann (Iwalewahaus) did a three-week research trip to Nigeria to explore the Nigerian contemporary art scene as well as to track some traces of art objects out of the collection Iwalewahaus. One intention of the trip was also, to eventually fill partly missing information about networks between the collectors and teachers and artists like Muraina Oyelami, Twins Seven Seven, Bruce Onobrakpeya or Nike Davies-Okundaye. After a one week trip to Oshogbo, where Naumann visited the Oshun-Oshogbo Sacred Groves and did research on the Austrian artist and later Yoruba-Priestess Susanne Wenger and the New Sacred Art Movement, she stayed in Iragbiji to visit the Egungun Masquerade Festival and did Interviews with several artists. Back in Lagos, she was accompanied by the artist Ndidi Dike who showed her trough the landscape of the contemporary local art scene.