Event: Young Artist's Open Critique

Event: Young Artist's Open Critique

Okiki Akinfe and G.A.S. Foundation invited young artists and arts students to participate in a group critique or ‘crit’, following an open call. The crit was facilitated by Okiki Akinfe, with guest moderators, artist Chidinma Nnoli, and Tracian Meikle, Director of 1952 Africa, and coordinator of the Africa Accelerator, an artist Incubator program whose young artists were also in attendance. The aim of the intimate session was to create a supported environment for networking and peer review, to offer an opportunity to exercise evaluation and critical review skills, and to use the presented work as a point of departure for in-depth discussions about practice.

Applications were open to young artists and arts students working in all visual art mediums including fine art, sculpture, performance, and moving image, and the selection proved quite diverse, including ceramicist, movement artists, photographers, and visual artists with various mediums, techniques, and practices.

The shortlist brought 15 finalists to the fore, whose works the organizing artist, Okiki, thought to be confident, diverse, had room to grow, and ripe for conversation and feedback; 
Adeniyi Adewole
Azeez Afeez
Babatunde Tribe
Blossom Oyeyipo
Damilare Adeyemi
Faith Omole
Foluso Oguntoye
Gbotemi Clay
Jola Adeboye
Rete Poki
Sam Udoh
Somto Ajoku
Seyi Akinwumi
Temiloluwa Johnson
Timilehin Oludare






Artwork presented by Azeez Afeez


Guest Moderators, Chidinma Nnoli, and Tracian Meikle.


Photography presented by Rete Poki










Artwork presented by Foluso Oguntoye















Tracian Miekle
Tracian Meikle is a Jamaican curator based between Lagos and Amsterdam. Her work focuses on diasporic blackness, belonging and community-building. She has worked in the field of art and culture as a researcher, moderator and educator in a number of institutions including the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. Most recently, Tracian was a curator-in-residence at the experimental artspace at The Treehouse. She also leads the work of 1952 Africa, an arts institution dedicated to the support and development of  African artists and facilitates their current Arts Accelerator Programme.



Okiki Akinfe
Okikioluwa Akinfe, (born 1999) is London based painter. Her practice centres on creating an alternative to the conventional archive, encompassing 'The Black Lens', a subversive tool towards avoiding stereotypes by demonstrating their absurdity. Authenticity that involves the othered experience, refocusing the position of the White Gaze to a Black Gaze. The figures within the paintings are visible and un-visible, investigating placing and un-placing ghostly Black figures in landscapes, within their own realities, on their own terms. A space in world building for these figures to exist in a non-social geographical space, paused in their own time agency, resting, in perseverance of time.


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