Unfinished business…loud at National Museum
How the girl child can still enjoy the protection of all and sundry is the thematic engagement of an exhibition due to flag off in Onikan at the National Museum on March 22, 2016.
Titled Unfinished Business, the weeklong exhibition is being put together by Mrs Chinze Ojobo, a well-travelled Nigerian artist who has exhibited most of her works in the United States of America and Europe. Her unique style of creating art pieces has won her accolades from admirers of art the world over. The show runs till March 29.
The theme of the exhibition flows from Chinze’s passion for the Nigerian girl child. And being a mother herself, she believes there is so much the society can still do to protect the girl child.
Chinze celebrates the girl child with her master pieces and hopes to draw attention to the plight of today’s female child as well as create awareness for her wonderful art pieces through creativity.
The artworks speak about the travails of the girl child in today’s society and all they are subjected to from an adolescent age to adulthood. The girl child is supposed to be protected by the society but unfortunately society seems to be failing in this regard.
One of her major artworks which will be on display depicts images of little innocent girls with various facial and bodily expressions and speaks about how oppressed the girl child in our society is and how resilient they are no matter what life throws at them.
Whether they are oppressed housemaids, hawkers on our streets, child brides or even the missing Chibok girls. One thing is for sure, her art works definitely communicate with anyone who takes a moment just to appreciate her masterpieces. It brings to the fore the plight of our young girls who suffer from preventable diseases like VVF as well as the current trend of kidnappings and forceful marriages of underage girls.
Chinze uses a well-known African quote “Train a boy, you train an individual but train a girl and you train a Nation.”
Another major artwork that will be on display at the exhibition is titled “Life’s Journey” and it takes art lovers on a journey and tells the story of how every human has a calling and that we are all wired a certain way. All that is needed is for each one of us as individuals to discover our calling and make the best of it.
“Chatting” is one of her cherished works, which will be displayed at the exhibition and it speaks volumes about the obsession of our youth with technology and the internet. On display in this particular exhibition are two young ladies sitting together around a table with drinks but totally consumed with their iPad and iPod not realising that they are so close to each other but yet so far away in thought.
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