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David Otaru, Daydreaming I, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 66 in
 
Rele Lagos | Face-Me-I-Face-You | David Otaru | August 7, 2022

Rele Gallery, Lagos is pleased to present Face-Me-I-Face-You, the second solo exhibition and first in Lagos of Lagos-based artist David Otaru. The exhibition draws from the artist’s personal experiences growing up in a ‘Face Me, I Face You’ apartment — a residential building arrangement common in low-income areas in Nigeria, where a group of one or two-room apartments have their entrances facing each other along a walkway.

Here, Otaru references familiar settings and objects in reconstructing distinct memories.  For the artist, these moments form a point of inquiry into a distant, yet pivotal period, one marked by hardship and financial crisis. Ideas of childhood and the familial take center stage, offering access to emotive, interior lives. In Face-Me-I-Face-You, nostalgia becomes a tool for joint remembering, a ‘simple’ exploration of being and mutual existence. 

 
Face-Me-I-Face-You opens on August 7, 2022 at our Lagos gallery | 32D Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi Lagos. 

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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