Saturday 28th of May, 2022 saw the opening of ili Exhibition, an expression of African art and culture at BoConcept, 22 Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The art exhibition which showcases interesting pieces using indigenous Nigerian fabric and the human body as canvas features the bold and colourful works of an expressionist artist, Mary-Jane Minika Ohobu, and renowned photographer, Hakeem Salaam.
The ili Exhibition spots a cross-section of fabrics across Nigeria such as Adire, Igbulu, Akwo ocha, Asooke, Ukara, Akwete, and a host of others. Each piece spotlights the beauty, history, processes, and underlying connections within the Nigerian ecosystem.
Ili, which means “cloth” in Idoma, represents the middle, a significant point that binds all parts of the country. The word also means Ofong in Efik, Akwa in Igbo, Opa in Yala, Aso in Yoruba, Zane in Hausa and so on.
Art lovers, collectors, and enthusiasts trooped in to see the ili pieces and were treated to a warm reception of food, drinks, music, and networking.
The exhibition runs from the 30th of May to the 4th of June and from the 6th of June to the 11th of June 2022.