On 23 January 2016, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Artists’ Village was invaded by men of the Nigerian Police. The artists who lived and worked in the Village were displaced, and their art works destroyed. Smart Ovie, one of the artists, escaped the raid with gunshot wound to his leg.
Freedom Park, the art hub of Lagos, is holding an exhibition titled Displaced Artists to honour the courage and resilience of these artists. The artists, who are yet to be compensated for the destroyed works, have made amazing art out of this horrible experience. The management of Freedom Park believes this exhibition, which is currently held at the Pergolla Cells of the park, will provide an opportunity for art lovers to support and patronize the artists.
Opening: Tuesday 1 March 2016 – 6.00pm Closing: Wednesday 23 March 2016- 6.00pm
The essence of the exhibition is to show support to the displayed artist and their creative works,and also to encourage them,giving them a platform to help promote their works pending and formal action by the government to either relocate the artist to a new site or re-build the Artist Village in Lagos. What ever the case may be,we are waiting and we hope something tangible and effective is done as soon as possible.
The Exhibition is been held at the Pergolla Cell at Freedom Park Lagos
Below are some of the displayed artworks by the artist. The works displayed includes that of Smart Ovie and Monday