THE NIGHT I WILL NEVER FORGET, OWERRI, NIGERIA - 2012
Sweet Mother is a solo exhibition by Karl Ohiri that brings together a collection of autobiographical works that deal with artist coming to terms with his mother's sudden death in 2012. The exhibition takes its title from the popular 70s hit Sweet Mother by Prince Nico Mbarga, a song that has become an anthem to celebrate motherhood throughout Nigeria and beyond. Using the camera as a tool to reconcile fears, fantasies and desires the artist takes the audience on an intimate journey of love, loss and regrets, inviting the viewer into the private space of a mother-and-son relationship while reminding us of its universal relevance.
The exhibition is curated by Ohiri + Kassinen and is accompanied by a catalogue with an essay by writer and curator Hansi Momodu-Gordon entitled In Your Absence, I Rehearsed You - 2016.
The exhibition was jointly funded by Arts Council England and the British Council and formed part of the British Council's 2015-2016 Nigeria/UK initiative - a cultral programme aimed at building new networks, audiences and collaborations between the two countries.
OMENKA GALLERY, LAGOS, NIGERIA
6th May - 26th May 2016
The exhibition includes an artist talk at the gallery at 1pm on the 14th May 2016.