REVIEW: NATIVE MAQARI, LEFTOVERS

The above quote is profound and sets the tone for Nigerian multi-media artist, Native Maqari’s recent solo exhibition at Lagos-based Omenka Gallery. Titled ‘LEFTOVERS’, the exhibition marks the end of the artist’s residency at the Arthouse Foundation, Lagos. Engaging migration on a national level, Maqari’s work serves as a performed monument to hundreds of young northern Nigerian immigrants referred to as “Almajiri” (Almajiri is Hausa for ‘migrant’ and is derived from the Arabic term ‘Al-muhajir’ for the same).

 

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