Exhibition runs from 7 - 29 July 2016
Dark Sugars Cocoa House 124-126 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
Launch event 7th July 7pm - 9.30pm
Talk and Q&A with Alvin Kofi 14th July 7pm – 8.30pm
This show celebrates Kofi’s return to painting, with originals and a new set of limited edition prints released to the market. Follow KOFIARTS on twitter and facebook as he documents the creation
of the Crop Pickers exhibition ‘From Start to Finish’.
In Time Travelers to Crop Pickers, Alvin Kofi explores the ancient cultures of Africa; examining the origins of our food and the many women who sow and harvest them.
Through original paintings and beautiful drawings, Kofi uses monotones to reflect the mysteries, magic, creation stories and frailty of culture contrasted against a vibrant backdrop of the tropical colours of the Crop Pickers.
Kofi plays with paint and collage using portraiture to document the strong and extraordinary women, from Africa and Asia, who cultivate our food. The images draw our attention to often overlooked individuals, removing the shadow of invisibility and illuminating the power of female energy to sustain us and restore a balance within the earth and nature.
Time Travellers to Crop Pickers is an exploration of ancient cultures, Dogon cosmology and our connection to the earth. Creation stories are used as a backdrop to the narrative of migration; examining both our understanding and the transformation of the stories that arises through the process of migration. Whilst creation stories serve to reconnect us with the planet they also deepen our relationship with mother nature and our past.
Images, text and symbols are combined signifying the intersection between new ideas and old wisdom. Questions are interwoven within each piece around the challenges we face which require us to constantly renegotiate our relationship with the environment and the planet over time and across continents.
TALK and Q&A with Alvin Kofi
Thursday 14th July from 7pm - 8.30pm
Kofi gives an insightful talk explaining how the narrative of survival and migration shaped the themes and title of the show. He will also expand upon the importance of drawing in his own practice as an artist. The talk will be followed by a Q&A, with signed prints available to purchase on the night.
Dark Sugars Cocoa House 124-126 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU (open daily 10am – 10pm)
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