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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.

Selected Group Exhibitions

Suffrage

Guns and Rains, Johannesburg
July, 2019

Imagine the Opposite

No End Contemporary, Johannesburg
May, 2019

Cu-ulture and Tradition: Same Experience, Different Local

Koppel Project Hive, London
October, 2019

Idanimo

Terrakulture Gallery, Lagos
May, 2017

In Honour of Professor Bolanle Awe

Museum of the Institute of Africa Studies University of Ibadan
May, 2017

Her Story

Rele Gallery, Lagos
February, 2017

Dysmorphia & Other Thoughts

Ake Arts and Book Festival, Abeokuta
November, 2016

SAO and The Muse

SAO Cafe, Lagos
January, 2016

Young Contemporaries

Rele Gallery, Lagos
January, 2016

Young Contemporaries

Rele Gallery, Lagos
January, 2016

Solo Exhibitions

Resilient Lines

Rele Gallery, Lagos
April, 2019

Art Fairs

Turbine Art Fair

Johannesburg, South Africa
July, 2019

ArtX Lagos

Lagos, Nigeria
November, 2018

Awards

The Dean Collection 20 St(art)ups Grants

2018

Rele Art Foundation “Young Contemporaries” Grant

2016

University of Lagos, Convocation Prize

2014

United States Consulate General ‘Women’s History Month’ Art Contest

First Prize
2012

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