According to the organizors of the exhibition, Andrew Esiebo’s exhibition
explores some of the most important features of Nigerian and Ghanaian Pentecostalism.
The photographer, Andrew Esiebo, narrates the manifestation of this vibrant expression of contemporary global Christianity from African points of origin to missionary destinations in Italy, illuminating the creative circulation of sensorial regimes and religious aesthetics between Nigeria, Ghana and Italy.
The works capture the emotional power of ecstatic moments of prayer, adoration, and deliverance from evil forces as well the celebration of diasporic African identities, memory and community.
With a deep and intimate gaze, Andrew Esiebo shows religious emotions, liturgical objects, sacred spaces, altars, and Sunday styles of dressing highlighting the sensational and spectacular aesthetics of Nigerian and Ghanaian Pentecostalism and its charismatic power. The exhibition guides the observers throughout an intensive emotional and visual journey going from Lagos, Nigeria to Rome, Verona, Padova and other Italian cities.
Information about the Exhibition
Date: From 8-26 June 2012
Gallery: Verona, Padova
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About the Artist
Andrew Esiebo started out in photography by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country’s rich culture and heritage. As his work began to gain international recognition, Andrew’s started to explore new creative territory, integrating multimedia practice with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture and migration.