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Art for Education: Empowering Femme Futures

Art for Education 2023 in partnership with The Real Impact, merges artistic expression with social impact in a powerful and multifaceted exhibition. AFE 2023 marks a pivotal shift in the annual fundraiser hosted by The Real Impact - we partner with The Real Impact to champion a vital cause: empowering the education of girls in Nigeria. The exhibition explores the intricate relationship between art and education, through the diverse voices of 22 emerging, mid-career, and established African artists, highlighting art’s role in creating a brighter future for young women.

Featured Artists include:
Adiza Nzekwe, Kolawole Olalekan, Alimi Adewale, Duke Asidere, Elizabeth Ekpetorson, Mr Danfo, Oluwaseyi Akinwumi, Edosa Ogiugo, Omoze Ahamoije, Faith Uba, Paul Ogunlesi, Philip Nzekwe, Genevieve Kesena, Sadiq Ajibola Williams, Isaac Emokpae, Titilola Fagbemi and Joseph Ogbeide including Young Artists Chinazo Okoye, Chinenye okoye, Ekene Okoye, Gift Jones and Victor Udoh.

In a compelling range of media – paintings, sculptures, and mixed-media works – the exhibition offers a kaleidoscope of perspectives, each contributing to a richer understanding of the "femme" and human experience.
Nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established African artists come together to support themes of identity, empowerment, and the unique challenges and triumphs faced by the girl child.

Some works directly depict the feminine form, others delve into the broader societal landscape that shapes the lives of young women; encompassing a broader spectrum of feminine identities, fostering inclusivity and embracing the diversity of the featured artists. Cityscapes pulsate with energy, reflecting the dynamic urban spaces that girls navigate. Introspective portraits capture the resilience and spirit of young minds, while abstract works evoke the intangible forces that both empower and challenge.

Beyond these artistic expressions, Art for Education 2023 illuminates the critical role education plays in empowering young women. In this year’s edition, we focus specifically on addressing period poverty, a barrier that disproportionately affects girls' access to education. By raising funds to provide period care kits, we aim to ensure that their educational journey remains uninterrupted. This initiative reflects our unwavering commitment to breaking down the barriers that hinder girls from reaching their full potential.
We are particularly proud to feature works by two young artists, Gift Jones and Victor Udoh, whose lives have been directly impacted by the Equipped to Learn initiative. Their inclusion exemplifies the critical role of education and the importance of empowering youthful voices.

Art for Education 2023 is an invitation to engage with art as a catalyst for social change, the exhibition challenges us to reflect on the role of art in shaping a brighter future for all, particularly for women and girls. We invite you to join us in supporting the initiative and contributing to a world where education empowers, uplifts, and unlocks the boundless potential of young girls in Africa.

December 3, 2023 - January 30, 2024

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Forme Femine Art Gallery is pleased to present CONVERGENCE, an exhibition of new works by Titilola Fagbemi. Through a collection of 5 paintings, “Convergence” merges self expression and artistic experimentation with the dynamics of intergenerational relationships.

Drawing from shared experiences with her mother and a wellspring of readings, texts and interviews that deconstruct the maternal, the artist weaves a visual language that speaks to a desire to identify with and perhaps understand our mothers.

In this realm of being, Fagbemi attempts to engage in the delicate act of ‘re-membering’ the mother-daughter body, unraveling the intricate threads that weave this salient relationship. She reflects on the influence of matrilineal bonds to her practice “As a child, my first contact with drawing was my mum teaching me to draw and sketch whenever I had homework with diagrams or crafts. Sharing that experience with her, watching her teach me to draw and sketch…, that definitely influenced me and exposed me to drawing ” Convergence expresses this essence while unearthing a chain of support systems that have long nurtured and sustained women.

Within these compositions, Fagbemi further captures the dichotomy between the development of personal identity and the nurturing power of a supportive community as well as the duality of roles and duties - illuminating raw emotional journeys.
Her art becomes a conduit for a mother-daughter pedagogy, a powerful exchange of wisdom and understanding rooted in the maternal space; transcending generations.

In this exhibition, viewers will find themselves immersed in a world where tender threads of connection interlace, where maternal vignettes intersect, and where the mapping of matrilineal influences converge into a powerful testament to the resilience and beauty of womanhood and identity.

“CONVERGENCE" invites us to embark on an intergenerational voyage, delving into the realms of memory, empathy, and shared experiences. Paying homage to the foundation of our existence while contemplating the evolving narratives of womanhood.
Fagbemi invites visitors to engage with a deeply introspective exploration of the maternal experience.

Private Viewing: 10 JUN, 2023 | Lagos
Exhibition Online: 11 JUN - 9 JUL, 2023

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Collect Call - Diaspora Dial

Collect Call // Diaspora Dial is a virtual exhibition designed by Forme Femine to confront the limitations on how African femininity is portrayed by African artists. The exhibition places artists of African descent in dialogue with viewers in Germany, UK and the USA on the subjects of culture and technological access. We invite the perspectives of emerging and established artists from different African geographies and belief systems, to explore new ways of engaging with femininity as a topic and as a concept to redefine and expand in relation to technology and the future.

Collect Call // Diaspora Dial references George Adéagbo’s The Story of the Lion (1999) and Tout a moi de Tous (2007). Adéagbo worked with common and artistic materials that “hint at their identical multiples existing somewhere else,” and was vocal about the underrepresentation of African art in large scale exhibitions. By observing how ‘authorship’ and ‘agency’ are created and recreated in the global art world, CC//DD asks how individuals of African descent take ownership of technology and culture outside of the Western lens.

CC//DD draws from late 20th century afro-feminist artists who pushed for self-representation in the art world, including “Where We At: Black Women Artists” (founded 1971, New York), the first known group show of black women artists worldwide. As with Adéagbo at the turn of the century, afro-feminist artists have long acknowledged the power in ownership over art from African and feminine identities. CC//DD welcomes artists’ perspectives on how the digital era creates new questions around creative power and access.

CC//DD welcomes artists to portray femininity across different social angles and multiple ideas of aesthetic appeal. Exploring these expressions of femininity from all perspectives, artists engage in diverse media for this exhibition, which will be placed on a globally accessible digital platform. This concept connects to the idea of the ‘collect call’, appraising the interwoven nature of technological enhancements and narrative ownership, as well as the transition to digital media/platform. In the late 20th century, collect calls could be made from, in principle, any public pay phone in the world. The individual who makes the call offers the other person the privilege to listen from a distance, addressing the imbalances of resources and access.

Communication between the Western world and Africa is frequently disrupted by questions of the hierarchic structures shaping visibility and narrative. CC//DD invites artwork on the uneven exchanges between Germany, the USA, UK and a constellation of African countries, and how art is a medium for old and new visibilities from African communities. The exhibition looks to soften the dualities between listener//speaker, sender//receiver, north//south and object//subject. CC//DD centers the themes of African womanhood, globalization and digitalization, especially around questions of social progress that artists are considering from the multiple perspectives their work engages.

Along creative, political and technological intersections, 2020 is particularly well-suited for tapping into the practices of artists of African descent and upbringing. The COVID pandemic’s restrictions on gathering in person and on travel, as well as accompanying global economic and political turmoil, are a special catalyst: CC//DD’s digital medium explores the need to be heard as social beings and members of an African diaspora. As with cell phones before them, today’s digitalization era offers value for continental African voices to exercise agency and serve themselves a slice of the future. Whether in Nigeria, Cameroun, Tunisia, or South Africa, communities are mobilizing both politically and creatively to demand equality and respect. Digital platforms have grown in value to continental African voices, from social media to e-payments and commerce. CC//DD captures this intersection in both form and function: placed on an entirely digital platform, the exhibition provides global visibility and accessibility for African artists and encourages uncompromising self-expression.

This collective call across the diaspora reflects on how cultural and artistic resources are transferred and restricted across oceans and people. CC//DD tests the boundaries of distance and proximity, employing the virtual as a mode for open exchange between Africa and the Western world. While intentionally focused on black feminine form and substance, CC//DD features work by artists across genders with ties to Africa.

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ENSEMBLE: Art, Activism and Gender

A Duo Exhibit - Illuminating Gender-based Violence through the Arts

Forme Femine Art Gallery is pleased to present ‘ENSEMBLE: Art, Activism and Gender’, displaying two of our passionate women artists; Clara Aden and Odirile Makaku.

This duo show pays homage to the collective women’s rights and feminist art movement, attempting to capture raw expressions of the experiences of marginalized women and illuminating interpretations of Gender-based violence.

Joining in on the annual international 16 Days of Activism campaign (currently running from 25th November to December 10th,2021), we seek to bring more awareness to femicide and violence against women, engaging art and dialogue in digital spaces.

ENSEMBLE is an exhibition of raw and intricately created mixed media works highlighting how female artists of African descent employ art forms in highlighting narratives bordering on violence against women on the African continent.

Featuring Nigerian artist, Clara Aden and South African artist, Odirile Makaku, this duo exhibit draws influence from collective calls to action globally, attempting to visually illuminate these voices in a digital ensemble through sensitive artistic representations of key happenings that affect the plights of women in the Sub Saharan Region.

The works selected for this project dissect interpretations and creative expressions of the core themes of gender-based violence and femicide - through the African lens, extending to global contexts as a symbolic way to connect concurrent human and civil rights movements across the globe.

Employing brushstrokes, drawing and mixed media, the artists share their illustrative expressions on related occurrences and their ripple effect, from experiences in their immediate environment and beyond - via a virtually hosted platform, increasing awareness on these global gender issues.

The show also features a Non-Fungible Token (NFT) collection in the ‘Minted Memoirs’ booth as an attempt to digitize or ‘tokenize’ the intersection of women’s art, representation, gender issues and GBV related statistics.
Drawing strong influences from in-depth conversations in the ‘Making a Feminist Internet: Movement Building in A Digital Age in Africa’ 2019 final report, which highlighted art and technology as tools for expression and the further advancement of women’s rights, as well as the role of women in collectively reimagining, making and amplifying existing platforms/movements.

Forme Femine acknowledges the importance of art, technology and innovation in driving a more inclusive and sustainable society for women.

Using art activism, this exhibition invites the public to engage in an uneasy but necessary dialogue on global human and civil rights.

Clara Aden
Aden’s body of work seeks to find ‘the cracks and holes in the walls’. It is an illuminated approach to storytelling - bringing awareness to gender inequality and call for action to end Gender based violence against women and girls.

Odirile Makaku
In her series, Makuku adopts the mental states of victimized South African women. Drawing from her own experiences; she creates these artworks as a form of healing process. In her words, “letting go of the fear inflicted, scars that I carry and pain that no longer serves me.”
Each piece in her series is a tribute to a specific article based on GBV topics in South Africa.

Curatorial Note:
The development and refining of this exhibit's concept took place across four weeks of artistic production, studio labor, and virtual workshops with the artists, exploring a practical intersection of art, activism and gender.

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Forms of Re.Placement

'Forms of Re.Placement' emerges as an ode to the shared histories and personal visions of the three artists: Eyitayo Alagbe, Omoyeni Arogunmati, and Paul Ayihawu; inviting us to navigate these multifaceted realms of identity, spirituality and history. To question, reinvent, and reconsider our place in the world while confronting the legacies that continue to shape our perceptions.

Exhibition Dates:
JULY 06 - 16 AUGUST, 2023

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Forme Femine in collaboration with Arneli Art Gallery presents ‘INTERCONNECTED’ - a cross-cultural group exhibition between Africa and the Middle East.
Facilitating a space for dialogue and creativity, the two platforms have converged two different civilizations; of affluent history, culture and traditions, seeking to advance the participation and practice of women artists in contemporary art.

‘Interconnected’ is a virtual exhibition that explores the artistic connections between 18 female artists; 9 from Lebanon and 9 from across Africa(1 from Ghana, 6 from Nigeria, 2 from South Africa).
The exhibition traverses through the familiar ties and interconnectedness of human psychological and social experiences relevant to current evolving times. It further breeds an opportunity for women artists from these regions to retain their individual account of events, own their narratives and share visual depictions with a global audience via an online platform.

The exhibition features 36 works in a variety of mediums and perspectives outlined in paintings, photography, mixed media and digital art. Teetering between the known and the unknown, abstraction and figuration; the selected artists examine the interconnected complexities of human experience detailed through distinct artistic styles and approaches - in personal theory and form.


Chloe Sfeir
Dzovig Arnelian
Elise Zakhour
Iman Toufaily
Joanna Raad
Lodi Sabra
Lucinda Currell
Lynn Osman
Manar Ali Hassan

Anthonia Ndukauba
Ashiata Shaibu
Efia Serwah
Jane Agolia
Kgaugelo Rakgwele
Mary Onidare
Oluwapelumi Oluyemi
‘Vry Blvk’ (✝)
Wande Oseni

DATE: 27 JUL - 18 SEPT, 2022

Charlene Chikezie and Dzovig Arnelian

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Sisters of the Soil

Forme Femine is pleased to present "Sisters of the Soil," this show thoughtfully brings together the works of Ogochukwu Ejiofor and Victoria Erioluwa Oniosun, two talented Nigerian artists whose paintings are imbued with the essence of shared female experience, identity, and the visceral threads of human connection.

Ejiofor's textured mixed-media works act as a visual diary, chronicling the psychological landscapes of African women. Drawing inspiration from personal encounters and societal observations, she weaves narratives of self-discovery, resilience, and the enduring bonds between women. Waste materials, transformed into evocative textures, become metaphors for the challenges and transformations inherent in navigating life.

Conversely, Oniosun's palette knife paintings pulsate with bright colours and expressive strokes.
Employing the "broken colour" technique, she builds layers, depicting female figures engrossed with emotion and a palpable psychological depth. The focus on abstracted forms and expressive brushwork invites viewers to engage with the unspoken dialogues and vulnerabilities that course through here impasto oil paintings.

The exhibition title, "Sisters of the Soil," echoes the shared themes of Ejiofor and Oniosun's work, highlighting the rootedness of their expression in the fertile ground of their personal histories and cultural heritage.
Their works articulate a narrative that is at once a soliloquy and a chorus; a reflection on the individual and [collective] shared experiences that bind the collective female psyche.

How do these artists, through their contrasting mediums of texture and tone, forge their own artistic identities while simultaneously celebrating a shared sisterhood?
"Sisters of the Soil" invites such inquiry, offering a tableau where viewers may reflect upon the interplay of solitude and solidarity, identity and anonymity. Audiences are invited to ponder on the ways in which these artists' works act as portals for a broader dialogue on the human condition, cultural and communal ideals and the indelible imprint of the female experience.

The exhibition opens 22nd of April - 16th May, 2024.


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The Fragility of Humanity

Forme Femine is pleased to present 'The Fragility of Humanity,' featuring Janet Adebayo.
This exhibition explores the delicate nature of human existence through a selection of paintings. Adebayo invites viewers to contemplate the duality and vulnerability of the human condition. She delves into the realms of familial bonds, personal evolution, and the ephemeral nature of existence.

Adebayo's distinctive technique, characterized by her 'mosaic skin' and exaggerated features, has been a journey of self-discovery, a visual symphony that echoes the path to enlightenment. This artistic evolution is not confined by limitations but is an ever-unfolding exploration, much like the multifaceted human experience itself.

This collection is a confessional journey into the depths of her soul, where personal development intertwines with the fragile emotions and dynamics that shape our existence. Adebayo's exploration of pain, family, identity, and the human condition is expressed through her unique artistic style, characterized by her evolving signature "mosaic skin" technique. Through this exceptional display of acrylic works on canvas and traditional scroll, Adebayo invites us to confront the truths, vulnerabilities, and fantasies that define our collective humanity.

The Fragility of Humanity is a reminder that we are all fragile beings, susceptible to pain, loss, and suffering. Yet, despite our fragility, we are also capable of great love, compassion, and strength. Janet’s work dissects the human spirit in all its complexity, reminding us of our shared humanity and the importance of connection.

Her canvases bear witness to the depths of her psyche, divulging her intimate moments, traumas, and revelations. The artist does not shy away from the darker aspects of life; rather, she uses them as the foundation for constructing fantastical realms that offer a transient refuge from the harshness of reality.

Her approach is akin to a poignant and courageous examination of her own upbringing, a society shaped by rigid beliefs and conventions that has prompted her to scrutinize these constructs. 'The Fragility of Humanity' encapsulates the inherent vulnerability that lurks within us all, exposing the chinks in our armor and inviting us to confront our own humanity.

The deliberate omission of eyes in her portraits challenges the conventional notion that the eyes are the window to one's heart, compelling us to consider the universality of human emotions that transcend mere visual expression. Good and bad experiences also serve as the inspirational fuel for Adebayo's creations, allowing her to channel her emotions and experiences into her artwork.

"The Fragility of Humanity,” invites us to contemplate the questions that Adebayo's work raises. What does it mean to be human in the 21st century, and how do we navigate the fragility of our existence? Can we truly embrace our individuality and identity in a world defined by societal norms and expectations?

The exhibition opens online on Artsy from Nov 4, 2023 to December 5, 2023

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