CCA, Lagos is pleased to introduce artist Leo Asemota who will hold a Masterclass to discuss the inspiration for “The Ens Project”, and the relevance of his key materials such as coal, orhue (kaolin), palm oil and vellum that he uses in his drawings and sculptures. He will also discuss the validity of the sites in which his performances have taken place in London, some of which include the British Museum, Tate Modern, St, Paul’s Cathedral and the National Portrait Gallery.
Asemota has been working on “The Ens Project” since 2005. The project has as its foundation, the annual Igue rite of the Edo people of Benin, British history of invention, exploration and conquest in which the sacking of Benin is of particular interest, and the essay by the cultural philosopher Walter Benjamin titled “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”.
Artist Leo Asemota was born in Benin City in Nigeria. His practice, Eo TLA is based in London where he studied and now lives.
Leo Asemota (Photo by Bendan McGinty)