Anna Maurrasse-Tomaiuolo, the Founder of ARTPOWHER Contemporary, is thrilled to announce the participation at VOLTA Basel 2021, staging the solo show ‘I LOVE SHARING THE BED WITH YOU’ by British-Nigerian artist Sola Olulode. This is the artists’s first exhibition in Switzerland and her first solo presentation outside of the UK.
Olulode is a London based artist who works across the medium of paint and textile influenced by Yoruba Adire textiles, an indigo-dyed fabric made in Nigeria by Yoruba women, using a variety of resist-dyeing techniques. The artist reinterprets images of majoritively Black Womxn expressed through diverse reflections of feminine energies, and inspired by her own identity as a queer Black woman.
For her first show in Switzerland and her first solo show outside of the UK, Olulode conceived over the last few months smaller works on paper and larger paintings on canvas, experimenting with new forms of presentation. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
The exhibiton is accompanied by a catalogue of Sola Olulode's new body of work, featuring an essay by Art Writer Pacheanne Anderson (he/they).
Concept & copyright: ARTPOWHER Contemporary, Anna Maurrasse
Photos: Luzie Zoe Lazarus
Design: Giò Black, LYOR
Artsy Viewing Room
September 16 - October 1, 2021
Excerpt Volta Basel Press Release
Sola's painting Laying in the Grass II has been selected for a digital billboard campaign "Portrayals of Black Joy" launched by Artsy in partnership with Outfront Media, spotlighting emerging Black artists in major cities in the US throughout the month of February. Courtesy of the Artist and ARPOWHER Contemporary! The campaing features also emerging Black artists - Derrick Adams, Dominic Chambers, and Kay Hickman.
A collaborative art project initiative empowering female identifying (womxn) creatives in the arts.
Due to the global health crisis, ARTPOWHER had to postpone its physical launch art show in Zurich. It’s our ambition to support our artists also durin this challenging time and we are pleased to announce our presence on Artsy and the collaboration with womxn contemporary artists Anne Vieux, Esther Ruiz and Madeline Bohrer.
Black Lives Matter. I’m proud to be a member of a multi-colored family and I believe, that everyone has the right to move freely, no matter where they live or the color of their skin. The systemic inequalities minority communities experience are unbearable and unjust. ARTPOWHER stands for equality and inclusion and we stand against the racism and injustice Black and African American communities endure. In the spirit of solidarity, we are making contributions to Loveland Foundation, an organization who is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with particular focus on Black women and girls in the US. We will never truly be the society we seek to be until each one of us contributes to the change that needs to happen.
"In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist." - Angela Y. Davis
Anna Maurrasse-Tomaiuolo, Founder & CEO ARTPOWHER Contemporary