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Details & Cataloguing

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London

Peju Alatise
B. 1975
SEE ME
signed (lower right)
acrylic on canvas
177 by 133 cm., 69¾ by 52¼ in.
Painted in 2014
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Provenance

Private Collection (acquired from the artist)

Catalogue Note

Peju Alatise is an interdisciplinary Nigerian artist and architect, who addresses the plight of young girls in Nigeria. Part of a portrait series, this painting offers an endearing portrait of a young girl, conveying her innocence in a compelling statement about the well-being of girls in Nigeria. With green in the background, a national colour also found in the country’s flag, Alatise makes a clear reference to the state of affairs in Nigeria.

Alatise explores the theme of womanhood and female rights in her body of work. She created Missing, a collage of 75 girl silhouettes, which was a response to the kidnapping of 234 girls from Chibok in 2014. The immense tragedy of this incident gripped Nigeria and the world, as desperate attempts were made to find the girls.

Peju Alatise is an advocate for the Child Not Bride campaign, and has been shown at 1:54 Contemporary Art Fair in London, Art Twenty One in Lagos, and Nike Art Gallery in Lagos. Alatise is being exhibited for the first time at the 2017 Venice Biennale, in the Nigerian pavilion.

Modern and Contemporary African Art

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London