The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2022 Benefit Auction | Hosted by Sotheby’s

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Abraham Onoriode Oghobase

Metallurgical Practice: Landscape 01

No reserve

Lot Closed

February 22, 05:17 PM GMT


5,000 - 8,000 USD

Lot Details


Abraham Onoriode Oghobase



Metallurgical Practice: Landscape 01

signed and numbered 1/5 + 2AP in black ink with the photographer's blind stamp (on the reverse)

inkjet print on matte paper flush mounted on aluminum

57 by 83cm., 22½ by 32¾in.

framed: 60.96 by 86.36cm., 24 by 34in.

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This work has been kindly donated by the artist

Abraham Onoriode Oghobase (b. 1979, Nigeria) is an artist who, for the last decade, has embraced photography as a way of exploring the intersections of environment, urbanism, and history – using his own body as recurring subject. His work attempts to address colonial history, environmental exploitation, and personal encounters with place.  


Metallurgical Practice: Landscape is a series that forms part an ongoing body of work that presents a cross-sectional study the Jos Plateau region of north-central Nigeria. A composite, layered process results in the final image. Mining diagrams from from early 20th century topographic text books are superimposed on images of the Jos landscape. The work, made up of multiple sub-series, begins to excavate the metaphoric residue of the landscape and colonial tin mining history of Jos - bare grasslands and ancient rock formations indelibly scarred by human pursuits, past and present.