Until March 18, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery Berlin will host ‘Red’, the third solo exhibition of Nigerian artist Kelechi Nwaneri at the gallery.
Nwaneri transports his signature figures into a futuristic environment on an imagined planet. ‘Red’ alludes to the intensely coloured landscapes of Mars, which inspired this latest body of work while also drawing on the associations of the colour with danger, heat, courage and sacrifice.
Within this dramatic setting, Nwaneri borrows tropes from science fiction and African Futurism (distinct from Afrofuturism in that it is rooted in Native African experiences and aesthetics rather than the Black diaspora) to reimagine the traditionally masculine role of the explorer as a more fluid, creative individual who seeks to live peacefully with the land.
Source: Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery.