Because the Twenties which drew a historic mark between conventional and trendy artwork practices on the African continent, Africa has continued to supply nice artists that their works have had great optimistic affect in addition to contributed to fixing nice points of significant concern to ‘man’ and ‘earth’. Whereas a number of the points contained within the works of contemporary Nigerian artists search to handle pure social issues attributable to man’s (human) relationship with each other within the society, others points basically deal with man’s relationship to the surroundings. It was on social grounds, for instance, that Akinola Lasekan (one of many pioneers of contemporary artwork in Africa) made his mark by utilizing the chance supplied by the decolonization course of in Africa to create thought frightening works to sensitize the native populace. His works (cartoons and work) have been a mirrored image of the socio-political circumstances in addition to wants of the African folks as in opposition to the imperial powers.
However, up to date Nigerian artists like Jerry Buhari have expressed an ideal concern over the character of the unhealthy relationship between man and earth, particularly because the depleting situation of the earth’s assets (resulting from human actions) poses an ideal menace to its inhabitants. The physique of works offered within the exhibition: ‘Man and Earth (2009)”, held in Goethe-Institut, Lagos, reveal a substantial amount of this. “My works in the mean time fostered a seamless dialogue that”, in accordance with the Buhari, “began in 1992 with an summary panorama portray of a ravage forest”. The exhibition (Man and Earth) was a visible assertion expressing the hostile relationship of man and the surroundings and the necessity to use the God given assets with out endangering the earth’s inhabitants.
With a purpose to seize this artistically, Buhari’s “Decay and Regeneration” is suggestive of the sort of relationship that man ought to have with the earth by partaking the planet symbiotically somewhat than the damaging methods of tapping its assets, that are neither helpful to the earth nor its inhabitants. One of many works produced by Buhari in 2009 that has a unifying impact upon this phenomenon (problems with environmental concern) is “Tablets of Meditation”. The work is produced by slicing a log of wooden into collection of spherical slabs of various sizes that are in all probability painted or dyed in black color. Using black, on this case, is deliberate and may be mentioned to connote two issues. First, it seeks to indicate how humanity heats up the earth and make it uncomfortable for the dwelling; this in makes man to fall prey of his actions. Secondly, the black is symbolically representing dying attributable to the diseases generally linked to air pollution of the earth resulting from man’s (industrial) actions. For instance, deforestation has eaten deep into the northern a part of Nigeria, leaving a naked land for desert encroachment which has already claimed acres of land. Within the Niger-Delta, gasoline flaring and water air pollution resulting from oil actions have remained the foremost problem of the folks.
This certainly requires a time of meditation.
As African artists have joined the marketing campaign to assist deal with environmental points bothering the world, the related authorities ought to act not solely by formulating legal guidelines but additionally by making certain that, such legal guidelines are adequately enforced for the good thing about the dwelling. It is just by way of this fashion that the world could be a protected place for man.