Sketchedspace Presents Akinola Davies Jr. at Dupont Underground

By Editorial Team on October 2, 2018
Akinola Davies Jr., Untitled (2018). HOD. Courtesy of the artist.
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Currently on view through October 20th.
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Sketchedspace is pleased to present the first American solo exhibition of Nigerian moving image artist Akinola Davies Jr. at Dupont Underground, Washington DC.

Titled after Davies’s premiering body of work specifically produced for this show, HOD creates a narrative of reclamation through displaced and radically alienated African artifacts taken and since kept in the West. The impact their radiant energies have on both the spaces they have been removed from, as well as the spaces they now inhabit, is a core theme of HOD. Taking one of many unresolved, destructive legacies of colonialism as a starting point, the exhibition reinforces the necessity of creating and adding to a global inclusive Black mythology.  It reflects the intersection of cultural collision by paying homage to the shared histories of the global African Black diaspora as an engine to discuss our present and future.

In his work, Davies explores themes of race, identity, gender and inclusion, telling the stories that bridge the gap between traditional and millennial communities. HOD emerges these confrontations and engages in a dialogue surrounding the frequency of identity.

About the Artist

Akinola Davies Jr. (b. 1985) is a Nigerian moving images artist living and working in London. Through his practices, Davies establishes a necessity for clear intent in concepts whilst experimenting with form.

His previous exhibitions include a solo show at 1.1, Basel, Switzerland and the screening of Boot/leg at London’s East End Film Festival. In addition to directing music videos for many artists, including Blood Orange’s Charcoal Baby, Davies has represented Nigerian youth in fashion film through his recent collaboration with Kenzo. He has produced work for the Victoria and Albert Museum, NTS as well as led initiatives with the Tate Modern, Ace Hotel, The Barbican Centre and the Design Museum. Akinola is also the founder Nigerian Lives Matter, a grassroots organization which looks to bring international attention and created awareness of the political landscape in Northern Nigeria.

For more information on the Artist:

About Sketchedspace

Sketchedspace is a global art company based in Seoul. Founded in 2017 with the vision to create artful experiences that pioneer new generation of creative landscape, the company collaborates with boundary-pushing artists, creatives, and thought leaders to actualize their narratives.

For more information on Sketchedspace: www.sketched.space

Dupont Underground is located at 19th Street and Connecticut Ave, NW (entrance next to Starbucks).