Opening the 2017 art season at Temple Muse is Expansion of Time, an exhibition of 33 paintings and 1 mixed media installation created by two multi-ethnic contemporary artists, Raoul Olawale da Silva and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, in which they explore the concept of time, history, connections, and improvisational flow.

Da Silva and Ogunji are both Diasporan artists who returned to Nigeria a few years ago to discover a deeper meaning to their creativity and ancestry. Ogunji’s coming of age as a woman of color in the United States inspired works which look at the issues of identity, feminism, and draws on deep cross-continental memories. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

On the other hand, Da Silva’s large, bold, colorful abstract paintings on paper and canvas, are a perfect counter-point to Ogunji’s delicate, small precise drawings. Da Silva’s creative voice is expressed through art and music and is inspired by a passion for surfing, skateboarding, and environmental activism.

The exhibition is curated by Sandra Mbanefo Obiago and sponsored by UBS and Veuve Clicquot. Exhibition runs until April 28, 2017.

Photo credit: Leke Alabi-Isama