SMO Contemporary Art is delighted to present Moments in Time at 1.54 London, with exceptional textile and paper tapestries by master Ugandan artist Sanaa Gateja, alongside powerful works on paper and canvas by Kelani Abass, and Tyna Adebowale from Nigeria.
Moments in Time explores contemporary themes, which coalesce around our diverse histories and identity as Africans. Sanaa’s intricate works created out of bark cloth, paper, raffia, beads, wood, and banana fiber respond to the subject of nature and materiality which is central in his work, which can be categorized as installation, tapestry, and sculpture. Abass uses outdated technology like obsolete date-stamping machines and archival photos in the creation of multilayered works, exploring personal histories against the background of social and political events frozen in time and memory. Adebowale uses the body as a signifier to question feminism and gender, critique patriarchy, and celebrate the strength and resilience of women.