Join Rele as they host Andrew Esiebo's solo exbihition titled Goal Diggers. “Goal Diggers draws from the passion Africans possess for the game of football as a metaphor to address deeper emotional issues of love and resilience, as well as subtler environmental issues of urban planning.
Originally conceived as an exploratory project while he undertook other assignments around Africa, the body of work introduces a series of images Esiebo took over the course of 12 years in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa. He witnessed the intense nature of the game being played under bridges, along narrow corridors in low-income neighborhoods, inside water bodies, and even on dangerous construction sites. Large-scale photographs printed on Hahnemulle Museum Etching paper emphasize Eseibo’s observation of football as a democratic game, cutting across class and gender.
As the world anticipates the start of the World Cup in June of 2018, Esiebo’s exhibition is art as life, offering sober and stark reflection for the beautiful game.
Showing: May 13 to June 17, 2018 at Rele Art Gallery.
Born in Lagos, Esiebo is a visual storyteller who started out by chronicling the rapid development of urban Nigeria as well as the country's rich culture and heritage. As his work developed, he began to explore new creative territories, integrating multimedia practices with the investigation of themes such as sexuality, gender politics, football, popular culture, migration,religion and spirituality.
Eseibo’s work has been exhibited at the Sao Paulo biennial in Brazil, Biennale Cuvee in Linz-Austria, Photo Quai biennials in Paris-France, Dakart Biennale-Senegal, Guangzhou Triennial in Beijing-China among many others. He has also collaborated with respectable institutions such as UNICEF, and WHO, and has been featured in several publications.