Ayobola Kekere-Ekun (b. 1993) is a contemporary visual artist. She was born in Lagos, Nigeria. Her B.A. and M.A. in Visual arts were received from the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos; where she majored in Graphic Design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Ayobola is also a Lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos.
Ayobola’s work often explores subjects connected to gender, mythology, power and the human condition in a multi-layered way; creating work through a labour-intensive process. Her work is heavily informed by personal experiences and observations. She is particularly interested in exploring the subtle interplay of time, space, gender, power and social structures in contemporary society.
Ayobola works predominantly with a technique known as quilling, in which strips of paper are individually shaped to create forms. She tends to quill with a variety of materials that respond well to the technique; including ribbon and strips of canvas. She constantly experiments with new ways of exploring materials and their capabilities. Ayobola views the intricacy of her work as a visual metaphor of the complexity of the subject matter she engages with.
October 2020, High Stakes (solo) – Guns and Rain, Johannesburg
January 2020, Young Contemporaries Alumni – National Museum, Lagos
October 2019, Making Matter: Materiality and Technology in Nigerian Art – Yemisi Shyllon Museum of Art, Lagos
July 2019, Suffrage – Guns and Rain, Johannesburg
May 2019, Imagine the Opposite – No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
April 2019, Resilient Lines (solo) – Rele Gallery, Lagos
October 2018, Cu-ulture and Tradition: Same Experience, Different Local – Koppel Project Hive, London
May 2017, Idanimo – Terrakulture Gallery, Lagos
May 2017, In Honour of Professor Bolanle Awe – Museum of the Institute of Africa Studies University of Ibadan, Ibadan
February 2017, Her Story – Rele Gallery, Lagos
November 2016, Dysmorphia & Other Thoughts – Ake Arts and Book Festival, Abeokuta
January 2016, Young Contemporaries – Rele Gallery, Lagos
December 2020, Untitled Art Fair – Miami
September 2019, Latitudes Art Fair – Johannesburg
July 2019, Turbine Art Fair – Johannesburg
November 2018, ArtX Lagos – Lagos
2018 – The Future Awards 2018 Prize for Creativity
2018 – The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups Grants
2016 – Rele Art Foundation “Young Contemporaries” Grant
2014 – University of Lagos, Convocation Prize
2012 – United States Consulate General ‘Women’s History Month’ Art Contest