Research in Nigeria

(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.

 

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Workshop #1 and Collection Iwalewahaus pt.1

(c) Photo: Devil’s Dog. Twins Seven Seven. Ink & Gouache on Paper. Collection Iwalewahaus

For the first workshop in Bayreuth in January 2016, Junior Researchers Lena Naumann and Siegrun Salmanian did some research on Twins Seven Seven’s artworks in the collection. They gathered information and did a preliminary research on Devil’s Dog (1966) as well as some other selected works, Devil’s Dog (1964), Mama’s Shadow of Life (?), Creative Squared Masks in God’s Diary (2000) and Creative Sketches in God’s Diary (1985). For the international workshop they prepared an Icon Lab Session with the workshop participants, researchers Nadine Siegert, George Kyeyune, Katharina Greven, Yvette Mutumba, as well as Ugochukwu Smooth-Nzewi and Ulf Vierke from the Advisory Board. Some intense hours of the icon lab’s knowledge production and discussion took place at Iwalewahaus and encouraged Lena Naumann to write an object biography on this artwork.