Workshop which will focus on my current project research on African forms of communication, indigenous and diasporic, from pre-colonization slavery, before christianity or islam reliogions, before writing of using alphabet or letters was introduced, through the modern era, and how they evolve, adapt and spread to connect to other parts of the world as civilization and technology advances.
I Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya aka AKIRASH, was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I earned my first BSC degree in BIOCHEMISTRY from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria (1991), Later study Fine and Applied Art at Institute of Textile Technology Art & Design Lagos (1995). I now live and works Austin Texas.
I am a recipients of Foundation for contemporary arts emergency grants 2019 & 2020, The Otis & Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant Award From DMA 2019, The TEMPO 2D Commissioned for the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport or ABIA, East Austin 51st streetscape project, The CORE Funding from Cultural Art Division Austin 2018, the Innovative Artist Award from Mid America Artist Alliance (MAAA / NEA) for 2017, Pollock Krasner Foundation Award 2016/17 & 2011, Cultural Initiative & Capacity Building Grant, Culture Alive Austin 2016/17, The Santo Foundation grant 2015, and The Commonwealth Connection Award UK 2011.
My work focuses on moments of time, fleeting moments that can be easily forgotten or transformed. Reflecting on rural versus urban life, the accelerated pace of development and social infrastructure, my works and performative activities play around social subjectivities of identity, Health, education , gender equality, gun violence, races, religion with dramatic components that breaking down conventional barriers.
My works tell stories that address issues that affect us all around the world, or those that are at the forefront in the particular society in which I find myself. I try to expand the presentation of the artworks to educate and engage a larger audience by creating an immersive experience that explores the ideas at hand in multiple ways. Some favor the taste of painting, some sculpture, mixed media, installation, video, performance, or photography. When a subject is explored through a variety of media, there are now many doors inviting us in to enjoy, engage and understand what is being communicating and its open door for conversation.
I utilize a multitude of techniques and materials, including re-purposed objects which may manifest in mixed media. While inscribing all these mediums in my comprehensive compositions, my works achieve an accumulative density that overwhelms with spectacle, grandeur and wonderment.
I believe art is an instrument to question and search for solutions - to dig out the truth without violence. Being surrounded by diversity of discipline and experience gives my work a grander scope and allows for more unexpected breakthroughs when searching for answers to what ails our society.
Ultimately, my work is designed to create comfort, peace, and solace. I believe that art can be a balm to the soul, revealing a quiet inner truth. My art is a reflection of the joys of life, directly inspired by rhythm, harmony, and the movement of daily existence.
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