As part of activities to commemorate the 2019 International Women's Day, Cameroon, Benin Republic and Nigeria female artists are staging the exhibitions 'Femme' and 'Destiny,' under the general theme - 'Violence Against Women.'
There will be 50 works from 11 artists at 'Femme' and 70 works from 15 artists at 'Destiny,' which will all be showcased from March 2 to 8, will enlighten Nigerians on the dangers of women abuse.
Works of Onyinye Zennia, Okala Frances, Arogunmati Omoyemi, Kesa Freda, Ayo Adesola, Lasode Opemipo, Folashade Adebowale, Jolaoluwa Lawal, Chigozie Obi and Sophia Omoh among others, will be showcased at 'Destiny.'
At 'Femme' artists including Nathalie Djakou, Bello Moufouli, Millicent Okocha, Clara Aden, Doofan Kwahgool, Addis Okoli, Olawunmi Banjo, Olayemi Afolabi, Nkechi Abii, Omo Udenta and Amarachi Odimba, will be exhibiting.
The artists explained the exhibitions were meant to disabuse people's mind against all manner of violence against women which resulted in emotional and psychological instability. The exhibition's organizer, Mrs Patty Chidiac-Mastrogiannis, urged Nigerians to avail themselves of the opportunity to see and learn from the various art works that would be exhibited, adding that violence against women had become a worrisome issue in the world of arts.
Stating the need to explore every means to educate people on the need to bring the wicked act to an end, she said, "We will have two different exhibitions running concurrently from March 9 to 15 and I want people to come and see what these female artists have in stock for them." The exhibition is being organized in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, "Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF)", founded by Dr Kemi DaSilver-Ibru.
The organization is using different forms of art to project the danger in every form of abuse that women go through. Abii an exhibitor, said that her works project the strength of a woman which she described as immense. Women she said, were seen as the weaker sex but strong mentally, emotionally and are like giant in the heart.
Similarly, Cameroonian artist Djakou, said her works encourage women to seek education and not be cheated by the opposite sex. Similarly, Shade Adebowale said that she tried to present the different sides of a woman in her works.Zennia's paintings, 'Stuck in the Vow' and 'World Apart' reflect problems women face in marriage and suggest effective communication to couples for successful marriage. The event will hold at Alexis Galleries, Lagos.
The writer is a journalist of Daily Trust
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