Black Market, an art installation by Pwavidon Mathias addressing the subject of fuel scarcity within a socio-political context will open at The Osh Gallery on the 26th of July, 2014. Mathias explores the various props and scenarios that characterise the all too familiar seasonal bouts of petroleum scarcity in the Nigerian state.
With his primary vehicle as the Jerrycan, a container designed for use in Germany army in 1937, the artist suggests a state of unconscious warfare hinged on the prevalence of these receptacles and their significance to the everyday living of the average Nigerian.
A hybrid of painting, sculpture and video art, Pavidon Mathias in this thought provoking project has strategically created a scenario where the viewer is subconsciously drawn into an organized disharmony of props, drawings, lighting and texts; engaging with his rebuilding of “Black Market”.
The artist seeks to create a link between the domino effect of the unavailability of petroleum resources and other salient realities that shape the everyday life of the Nigerian. On a broader and more universal plane, the artist prods the innate instinct of the human to hoard.
The Exhibition will start at 3pm on the 26h of July, 2014 at The Osh Gallery: 381 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos and is open to the general public. It will also feature performances from Sammy of X3m Music and Renowned Spoken Word Giant, Sage Hasson.
Exhibition runs till 23rd August, 2014.