ART FAIR: Sola Olulode
September 20th - September 26th, 2021. Art Fair Volta Basel 2021. Switzerland
ARTPOWHER Contemporary is thrilled to announce its participation at VOLTA Basel 2021, staging the solo show
‘I LOVE SHARING THE BED WITH YOU’ by British-Nigerian artist Sola Olulode. The artists’s first exhibition in Switzerland. Olulode conceived over the last few months works on paper and paintings on canvas, experimenting with new forms of presentation. READ PRESS RELEASE
Sola Olulode’s ‘I Love Sharing the Bed with You’ focuses on the beauty of the romance between Black Womxn and is imbued with loving scenes and intimate moments of rest and reflection. Like much of Olulode’s work, the paintings in the series are centered in care. Although Olulode creates works which are innately political due to the intersectionality of her own identity as a queer Black woman, it is rooted in joy. In a time where sexuality and gender-based violence is rife and the pandemic causing us to engage more with the media online; thus confronting countless images of devastating images of the Black body, Olulode’s work is critical. Born out of own her own experience, it offers a gentle insight into the queer Black (British) communities through the lens of Olulode’s reinterpretation of images that display queer Black intimacy in mainstream media. For the first time, Olulode is experimenting with new forms of presentation, taking the paintings away from the ’ traditional’ stretched canvas on bars, to free flowing wall hangings.
- Pacheanne Anderson (he/they)
The exhibiton is accompanied by a catalogue of Sola Olulode's new body of work, featuring an essay by Art Writer Pacheanne Anderson.
Concept & copyright: ARTPOWHER Contemporary, Anna Maurrasse
Photos: Luzie Zoe Lazarus
Design: Giò Black, LYOR