Solo artistic presentation “Inside Out” by Nigerian multidisciplinary artist Dennis Osadebe is on display at Brooklyn’s Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA). The participatory experience consists of a virtual exhibition and “Playful Rebellion,” an interactive game developed by the artist.
The pieces were created in response to the following questions the artist sought answers to: “Does the armor that we wear shield us from public harm or protect us in private spaces?” “Do we recognize ourselves in the performance of those identities?” “Where do we take shelter?” “Are we strangers at home?” and “What resides in this living testimony teetering between two pandemics, structural racism and COVID-19?”
Lagos-based Osadebe’s vibrant post-pop style is centered around the idea of reimagining Africa through the use of positive, provocative, and progressive imagery and narratives, forging a dialogue where tradition meets invention and innovation. By juxtaposing elements of the past alongside the present, while utilizing his Nigerian heritage as a starting point, Osadebe places Africa in the context of the future and its limitless possibilities.
“Inside Out” will be on display through Feb. 13, 2022.