The Tetley unveils new exhibition with artwork by Nigerian designer Bubu Ogisi brought to Leeds


Nigerian artist and designer Bubu Ogisi opens a new exhibition at Tetley today (May 7), drawing inspiration from the ritual use of ornaments in various African institutions.

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Spreading from the Shirley Cooper Gallery and Gallery 9, Ogisi’s Leeds exhibition includes handmade tapestries and four original flags commissioned for the roof of the Tetley.

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Bubu Ogisi, Language as material, 2022. Installation view at Tetley, 2022. Photo: Jules Lister

With a focus on the use of natural materials and the recycling of man-made ones, the exhibit explores mask making as a decolonial process of healing using a combination of traditional and new techniques.

The Ogisi exhibit also welcomes visitors to an on-site “sacred grove”: a secret space where objects used in the masquerade are stored away from use.

Items worn in ceremonies offer the possibility of spiritual change of body and soul, allowing the wearer to be guided by supernatural forces.

The exhibition is the culmination of The Tetley’s Here, There and Everywhere partnership with New Art Exchange.

Here, There and Everywhere is the international program of New Art Exchange, supported by Ambition for Excellence, Arts Council England.

Bubu Ogisi’s exhibition, titled I Am Not Myself, is open from Saturday 7 May to 29 August at the Tetley.


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