The 2015 Lagos Book and Arts Festival has come and gone,but its exciting memories will be with us for a long time.One of the amazing events at the just concluded LABAF is the “The have asked us to smile” exhibition curated by Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo .Facilitated by the MildRed Studios
THEY HAVE ASKED US TO SMILE has brought together a rich force of artists to help interpret a better tomorrow in their own words, using hope and positive attitude as creative perimeters.
We live in times where extremist groups have reigned supreme and grown very quickly as they terrorise the whole world supporting what they believe in. This project looks at the strength of belief but from a positive side. What if I innocently believe that tomorrow can be better? What if I can paint a technologically inclusive Nigeria? What if I can show fairness in all my encounters? Can I picture a corruption-free Nigeria?
We can radically believe in a better tomorrow, not by destroying anyone that doesn’t think or believe in the same ideology; but by showing a new day powered by love, tolerance and respect.
Let’s get excited about tomorrow together!
Participating artists:Jelili Atiku – performance
Aderemi Adegbite– photography
Jumoke Verissimo– poetry
Diseye Tantua – paintings
Bob-nosa Uwagboe-mixed media
Efe Paul Azino– spoken word
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