The subject for Sobayo’s Jelesinmi
presentation could not be more immediate
and imperative. It also cannot be under
stated. This is informed by highlighting
the vanishing knowledge in pure Yoruba
language and its intricacies that is engaged
in the body of work. The advocacy world over
concerning vanishing languages and culture
is at even higher stakes than ever before as
cultures continue to fold into one another
alongside the influence of popular culture,
westernization and globalization.
Yoruba and its language has a very rich and beautiful history that is still being researched and documented however the contemporary state and evolution of the language that is deeply instilled in the culture and navigations of the Yoruba has become of concern in certain perspectives. Researchers continue to present the decline of the pure form of the language and the notice has become a driving force behind Sobayo’s creative interests.
Debut solo art exhibition of 20 artworks by
Khalid Balogun with mother earth as case study.
Curated by: Mathew Oyedele