Sunday 14 June 2020

In Lagos, Next of Kin 2020 opens, showing till end of June

A mixed meedia in collage by Mobolaji Ogunrosoye
Yesterday, the grand finale of Next Of Kin 2020, which was postponed during the lockdown, opened, and will be showing till the end of June at Thought Pyramid Art Centre, Norman Williams Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

Mobolaji Ogunrosoye, Hassan Abdulazeez, Waheed Ariyo, Odinakachi Okoroafor, Qozeem Abdulrahman Olaoluwa, Unyime Edet, Ojo Adewale, Christian Oluwafemi Allison, Michael Igwe and Almat Adams are finalists for Next Of Kin 2020.

Sponsored by Adeniji Kazeem & Co, Platform Capital and Nigeria Machine, the third edition of Next of Kin, like the two previous years, went through a jury process. "For the 2020 edition, a committee comprising of established artists like Abiodun Olaku, Sam Ovraiti and Kelani Abass are members of the jury responsible for picking the 10 finalists," stated Ovie Omatsola, curator at Thought Pyramid. "The process towards the grand finale always starts from the beginning of the previous year, on every October when Call for Entries is announced."

 A solo art exhibition to be organised by Thought Pyramid awaits the artist that emerges as Overall Winner after the grand finale, Omotsola assured. For the 2020 edition of Next Of Kin, about 363 entries from all over Nigeria came in, out of which 26 were disqualified, Omatsola explained the process. "The remaining entries were divided into six batches, each containing 60 entries apart from the sixth batch that have only 26 entries." From that stage, the process arrived at 16 and further pruned to 10.

“From the selected 16 that the three jurors unanimously picked, we arrived at finalists of 10 participating artists for 2020 Next of Kin show, using the six different criteria listed above.”

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