International Artist Initiated at David Dale Gallery / by Adebukola Bodunrin

VAN Lagos graciously asked me to create a video on the theme of an owmabe, a Nigerian colloquial term for a street party, to be part of the International Artist Initiated exhibition at the David Dale Gallery in Glasgow.

International Artist Initiated is a programme of exhibitions and events devised by David Dale Gallery to coincide with the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Developed over the past year, the project is intended to act as a catalyst for discussion and collaboration between artist initiated projects internationally. The structure of the project is designed to be malleable and open source, in that it can be taken and applied elsewhere with different organisations – not that there is anything particularly ground breaking about the idea, but sometimes simple ideas are the most effective – lets gather a diverse collection of people with similar interests and see what we can create

The other amazing artists included in the show with me are Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Uche Okpa-Iroha, Oyindamola Fakeye, Jude Anogwih, and Emeka Ogboh.

For the show I created an animation titled Gather + Listen that focused on the subtle, unconscious rhythms that happen naturally at an owambe. As people come together in joy, their hearts begin to beat at the same rhythm, as if united in happiness.

Installation View

Installation View

Below are more images of the beautiful gallery space and the space set up.