A Tale of Shared Experiences is an art exhibition that explores the themes of gender, self, and identity. From July 17 to August 31, 2021, Artpedia Gallery will display the works of six young and brilliant Nigerian artists. Learn about one of them below.
Meet Nigerian-born visual artist, Sophia Azoige. Driven by the desire to highlight the beauty of everyday human experiences through her works, Sophia taps into her personal stories and other people’s multi-layered narratives to create intriguing art.
While her figures are deliberately loosely detailed, Sophia’s inventive incorporation of textiles in her paintings enhances her subjects and infuses them with emotions.
Sophia lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, where she is currently pursuing an art degree at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education. She had her first solo exhibition in 2020 and participated in an art salon at the Delaroke Gallery, Port Harcourt in the same year. She also recently took part in a group exhibition at the “Dis-contented Realities, Urevbu Contemporary,” Memphis.
We’ll be displaying Sophia’s works at A Tale of Shared Experiences. She put forward a series she calls “Inhale and Exhale.” Her entry centres on issues of self-awareness and self-love in our contemporary society and seeks to present alternative ways of living and being.
By combining discarded fabric with acrylic and critical inquiry with irony, Sophia poses these thematic questions “How do we love ourselves if we cannot be who we really are?” and “are we living our lives or the life people want us to live?”