Artpedia Gallery recently embarked on a daring journey to change the misconception that poetry is a one-way street over the past weekend.
The event labeled ‘Unfolded’, was an intimate evening dedicated to exploring the juxtaposition of music, poetry, visual arts and varied live performances at one of Lagos’ exquisite art galleries, Artpedia , June 5.
By forging a new territory of intimacy where people can escape the speed of daily life in Lagos for a few hours, popular Nigerian singer-songwriter Dwin The Stoic, Bunmi Africa, Ore Macaulay, Muyiwa Akhigbe, Ifeoluwa Olutimehin and Chukwudi Ukonne took people on a wild emotional roller coaster of shared experiences told through poetry, music and visual arts.
Each segment focused on audience participation. It presented new modes of interaction in a socially distanced environment.
Comprising various activities, ‘Unfolded’ aimed to correct, organize and expand the notion of these artistic expressions.
There were various engagement segments which included “A Mastered Poem”, “Unfold Blindfolded”, “Painted Poetry” among others.
Speaking about the event, Oreoluwa Macaulay, one of the performers who also attended the event, said: “Unfolded is reminiscent of the image of something stretching out from a folded position. . In this case, the event pushes people to step into the freedom offered by art. We hope to create a totally liberating experience!
As a highlight, the event featured a “Sip and Paint” session that allowed the audience to interpret their feelings and reactions into art that they could take home. The event appealed to the audience’s ability to evoke their visual senses by expressing themselves, thus creating a multisensory experience.
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