SMO Contemporary Art is pleased to present LITTLE BIG SISTER, an exhibition of works by Moufouli Bello, Manyaku Mashilo and Gary March at 1.54’s 10th Anniversary African Contemporary Art Fair in London.
LITTLE BIG SISTER draws inspiration from the fundamental networks of guardianship, protection, and caring within African and Diasporan communities the world over. Strong family and communal bonds and the complex dynamics of the evolution of societies and the intimacy of being are explored in Moufouli Bellos paintings. Manyako Mashilo’s portraits set in abstract cosmological landscapes delve into a plurality of rich African traditions, touching on diverse identities and the physical and spiritual inter-relationships of shared beliefs. While Gary March’s sculptures of reclaimed and recycled materials show the critical cross-section between identity, culture and the local environment in each of his creations. Each artist brings to the surface the physical and spiritual ties which bind us, and the power of these Little Big Sister relationships: a starting point to unfolding the rich tapestry of inter-dependence, memory, ancestry, and belonging within our communities.