The Nigerian art wizard's 2020 exhibit interrogates both the history and politics in Africa.
Williams Chechet is one of the Nigeria’s rising stars, and if his latest exhibition is anything to go by, there are big things ahead for him.
In conversation with Williams Chechet, the artist shares deep insight into his practice and inspirations. Working as a curator in Lagos, I pay keen attention to emerging and established artists who use technology to facilitate new ways of thinking. My first encounter with Chechet’s work was in 2017 at his debut solo exhibition. His upward trajectory is evident as I now speak to him at a point where he has clearly harnessed the power of technology and art.
‘Hyperflux’, a solo exhibition by Nigerian artist Williams Chechet which opened on December 11th 2020, is currently showing at Retro Africa in Nigeria’s capital Abuja. Featuring twenty-eight works, the exhibition is a comprehensive display of his artistic practice spanning two decades. Chechet is known for his vibrant images, animated with portraits of Nigeria political, traditional leaders and cultural iconography that resonate with references in pop art by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat.
‘Hyperflux’ emulates beauty in distortion and shows the artist’s ability to meticulously execute artworks that merge figuration, abstraction, motif design, as well as selected images that encompass lifestyle, text, design, architecture, nature and heritage. The works featured in the exhibition are centred on the theme of self-identity and are oddly reminiscent of the work of artist Roy Lichtenstein. Chechet creates a visual distortion while simultaneously keeping the illusion of coherence in the observed image, which speaks to a sense of character and identity.
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