ATANDA QUADRI ADEBAYO
Son of the Badlands

ATANDA QUADRI ADEBAYO <br> Son of the Badlands

ATANDA QUADRI ADEBAYO


SON OF THE BADLANDS

Curated by Samuele Visentin

Preview
Friday 18 June, 5 - 8 pm


19 June - 3 July 2021

Oneroom Gallery 
9 French Place E16JB
London 

On the journey of self awareness and realisation, working on the series "from the son of badlands" has given me enough reasons to dig into where and why I was born.
The tag "badlands" on Badagry, an ancient city in Lagos, Nigeria, channelled towards a relative fact, that is a place filled with struggle and mundane events. It said that people live with daily struggles, despite the historical facts that the City holds.
With my urge to revolt and inform my audience, my oeuvre is splitted into series of emotions: bliss amidst struggles, self awareness, elegance, police brutality, as well as my personal experiences.
The works which are executed on canvas by conjuring charcoal and acrylic.
The prevalent use of the medium "charcoal" has a strong relation to my experience growing up with mother; In the quest for survival, she sold charcoal.
The pose of each model is revealing different components of vulnerability with contrasting shadow on the faces.
The physicality  of the contrasting background is adorned with flowers to subdue the pain; also my fascination with abstraction birthed the swimming colours amidst the flowers, by breathing--a self acclaimed, life giving process, a part of myself into each piece.