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The Sown Seed at Efie Gallery

The Sown Seed Exhibition at Efie Gallery in Dubai is dedicated to artworks by seven artists from Ghana, Mali and Kenya. Such artists as Abdoulaye Konaté, Ablade Glover, Betty Acquah, Kwaku Yaro, Rikki Wemega-Kwawu, Wiz Kudowor and Maggie Otieno have presented their works. The exhibition is open to visitors until September 30, 2022. 

The Sown Seed exhibition studies and celebrates the recent artistic inventions and how the exhibiting artists have effectively sown seeds of determination, artistic development and innovation, prompting numerous artists in Africa and worldwide.

Maggie Otieno, “When we Journeyed…”, 2020. Railway Sleepers and mild steel. 93 3/10 × 5 1/2 × 2 in 237 × 14 × 5 cm

Art pieces by older and mid-career established artists are exhibited together with art works by younger, up-and-coming artists such as Ghanaian Kwaku Yaro. Many of the artists have been practicing for over 30 years. It is, for example, renowned Ghanaian artists Ablade Glover and Abdoulaye Konaté. 

Ghanaian painter and professor Ablade Glover is best known for his colorful and highly textured oil paintings of Ghanaian marketplaces, landscapes, and urban spaces. The artist’s paintings may seem abstract when viewed close; however, when you look at them from a distance, you can see the bustle, energy, and brightness of Ghanaian life.

Abdoulaye Konaté, Composition motif Arkilla kerka No 5A, 2021. Textile, 124,5 × 89 cm

Malian artist Abdoulaye Konaté is famous for his bold, colourful, and intricately detailed large-scale textile installations which portray not only something from his personal life but the complex history of traditional West African craftsmanship.

Contemporary art gallery Efie Gallery focuses on West African art. Both mid-career and established artists are represented in the gallery, which supports the sharing of their works in the Middle East by creating a platform for collaboration and exchange between the two regions.

To get more information, please visit the official webpage of the exhibition.

You might be also interested in visiting an exhibition called Memory Sews Together Events that Hadn’t Previously Met.

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