Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Argungu Series 6 Set for Kano

Rebecca Ejifoma
A two-phased solo art show, featuring about 44 recent paintings of fine artist Moses Oghagbon, will hold on September 3rd at the Alliance Francaise,  Ado Bayero Shopping Mall in Kano State at 9am.

The show, which will run till September 10, is tagged ‘Argungu Series Art Exhibition Series 6’. It aims to disseminate the rich cultural and traditional heritage and ideals inherent in the Argungu Emirate through creative/visual representations.

Oghagbon holds that the bedrock of meaningful development in any society or community has been identified and established as the conscious and passionate appreciation and respect for prevalent cultural trajectory.

For the artist, Argungu series documentation and representations are an idea born out of his tour Nigeria Project documentation of the need to engender positive propagation and promotion of the rich cultural artistic heritage of the Argungu Emirate of Kebbi State, Nigeria, for generational developmental consciousness in sustainable manner.

“It is important to acknowledge that visual documentation and representations are very potent tools of communication. Information disseminated there from re- vibrates indelibly in the recipient’s sub-conscious perpetually,” Oghagbon said.

Now, the two phased programme – Alliance Francaise Kano and Argungu Emirate will be the seventh phase of the documentation. This series came alive in 2011, ‘Scapes from Nigeria’ Nike Art Gallery, Lekki Lagos, Nigeria; 2013, 'Argungu Series 1’ Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria; 2016: Argungu Series 2' Moorhouse Ikoyi Lagos, Nigeria; 2016 ‘Argungu Series 3’ with Alliance Francaise Lagos In Celebration of Kebbi State Silver Jubilee, Moorhouse, Ikoyi Lagos Nigeria.

Others are: 2017 'Argungu Series 4’ in honour of His Royal Highness, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Samaila Muhammadu Meracon. Kanta Museum, Argungu, Kebbi State, Nigeria; 2017 'Argungu Series 5 with Argungu polo tournament' Argungu in Kebbi State, Nigeria.

The artist, who graduated from Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, school of art and Printing Technology, where he bagged Higher National Diploma in Fine Arts, specialisation in painting in 2003.

Today, however, Oghagbon is a professional studio artist and freelance tourism photographer. He specialises in cultural festival, documentary, environmental, travel and adventure photography for present and future generations.

Indeed, his works are is known in Nigeria where it is widely represented in private and public collections. And with six solo exhibitions and over forty group exhibitions to his credit, the painter hopes to views will see beyond the strokes of brush and the frames of canvases in his pieces.

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