HOD: Akinola Davies Jr.

September 20-October 21, 2018

HOD: Akinola Davies Jr.

Sketchedspace is pleased to present the first American solo exhibition of Nigerian moving image artist Akinola Davies Jr. at Dupont Underground, Washington D.C.

Titled after Davies’s premiering body of work specifically produced for this show, HOD creates a narrative of reclamation through displaced African artifacts in Western Europe and the impact their radiant energies have both on the spaces they have been removed from as well as the spaces they now inhabit. Taking one of many unresolved, destructive legacies of Colonialism as a starting point, the exhibition will reinforce the necessity of creating and adding to global inclusive Black mythology and reflect the intersection of cultural collision by paying homage to our shared histories as an engine to discuss our present and future.

Through his work, Davies has explored themes of race, identity, gender and inclusion, telling the stories that bridge the gap between traditional and millennial communities. HOD will continue to realize this mission and share his voice with D.C. community and beyond.

Opening Reception

Thursday, Sept 27th, 2018 @ 5 OM

About the Artist

Akinola Davies Jr. (Nigerian, b. 1985) is a moving images artist living and working in London. His practices center around the foundation of community and inclusivity, establishing a necessity for clear intent in concepts whilst experimenting with form. 

His previous exhibitions include a solo show at 1.1, Basel, Switzerland and the screening of Boot/leg at London’s East End Film Festival. In addition to directing music videos for many artists, including Dev Hynes (a.k.a. Blood Orange)’s Charcoal Baby, Davies has represented Nigerian youth in fashion film through his recent collaboration with Kenzo. He has produced work for the Victoria and Albert Museum, NTS as well as led initiatives with the Tate Modern, Ace Hotel, The Barbican Centre and the Design Museum and been profiled by leading publications such as Vogue and i-D Magazine. Davies is also the founder Nigerian Lives Matter, a grassroots organization which looks to bring international attention and created awareness of the political landscape in Northern Nigeria.

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About Sketchedspace

Sketchedspace is a global art company based in Seoul. Founded in 2017 with the vision to create artful experiences that pioneer new generation of creative landscape, the company collaborates with boundary-breaking artists, creatives, and thought leaders to actualize their narratives. 

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