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Twins Seven-Seven

Ijara, Nigeria, 1944 – 2011, Ibadan, Nigeria

  • TUE - SUN
    20/04 > 30/09
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/10 > 24/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Central Pavilion
  • Admission with ticket

Twins Seven-Seven belonged to a group of Oshogbo painters who came together as Nigeria was undergoing political and economic upheaval. In the highly detailed The Architect (1989), a transfer of drawing to wood, Twins presents a host of female figures in celebration of the visual language of Úli, a female body and wall painting tradition from south-eastern Nigeria based on sinuous, natural forms. The mother architect, who occupies almost the entirety of the frame with her yogi-like pose, holds ideas of symmetry, reflection, and boundedness through the double-headed serpent that crowns her head. Of particular note are the clusters of pitched thatch roofs that appear behind her. Although disparate units, Twins draws the individual houses, a reference to precolonial architecture, politically interlocking them into a whole.

This is the first time the work of Twins Seven-Seven is presented at Biennale Arte.

—Nancy Dantas

Central Pavilion
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