SOAS University of London


Thursday 20 January - Saturday 25 March 2000

Due to popular demand this exhibition will be open on the following Saturdays - 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March.

Babatunde Babalola

It is a common figure of speech among some ethnic groups in Nigeria that whenever an issue becomes grievous, it should be reconsidered as a joke. This is precisely what Tunde's works have sought to achieve. He sculpts burning subjects in bronze but in caricature forms to provoke laughter rather than serious reflections. Yet, the viewer after the amusement ponders seriously about the message later. Perhaps the equivalence of his methods can be compared to a cartoonist. The strength of his works is concealed in his ability to still maintain striking resemblance to reality although his figures are distorted. Tunde is a teacher at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

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For further information and details of the project and the artists involved the curators may be contacted by e-mail on: - Jacob Jari - Annabelle Nwankwo