The Hybrid Exhibition is Adejoke Tugbiyele’s much-anticipated solo exhibition at the Melrose Gallery.
Tugbiyele was born in Brooklyn and is of Nigerian descent. She created this body of work whilst living in South Africa in 2018/ 2019 and currently lives and works from Connecticut, USA. Tugbiyele was named Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 and won the Amalie Rothschild Award, William M. Phillips Award for best figurative sculpture and the Leridon Prize at BISO 2019.
Tugbiyele’s works sit in significant public collections including, Daimler Art Collection – Berlin, Museum of Arts and Design, Brooklyn Museum and National Museum of African Art Smithsonian and the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
The artworks on the show were produced in South Africa during a time of intense immersion, a personal and artistic challenge to confront the unknown, as well as to push the boundaries of Adejoke’ s primary material – traditional African brooms – in the exploration of the (human/ female/ hybrid) figure. They combine to form a new poetic aesthetic, which departs from her previous works in their minimalism. They embody power in their simplicity.
Clint Strydom photographed her performing in her ‘Eagle’ and ‘Bull’ costume during her residency at Nirox Sculpture Park. The exhibition, curated by Ruzy Rusike, includes several sculptures created from grass brooms, 2-dimensional mixed media works, photography and performance art presented as videos.
Programmes via Zoom:
Manifesting the Spirit at 6.30pm
Sides of the Soul 6.30pm
Venue: The Melrose Gallery, 10 The High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa
Time: Mon to Sat 9am to 6pm | Sun 9am to 4pm
Tel: 083 777 6644 | 079 527 7906