The Art Issue

WE THINK that to deal with art we ought to present it, not talk about it. For four months we opened our window to artists producing the finest work in Nigeria, Africa and elsewhere, and the result is what you will see. Seeing is ultimately a trafficking in subtlety, especially if that process of seeing is influenced by art. What, exactly, is art? Since at Saraba we’re open to this kind of questioning that is essentially a voyage, the kind that assembles literary content, art is a process as well as an outcome. Art is the reverberation of colour; art is approaching an image with ambivalence; art is looking at a story or a poem and feeling within oneself for emotions and experiences; art is the experience with yourself.

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Art Dawn.Day.Dusk / Peter Gikandi

Loxion Kulture / Neo Ntsoma

At the Heart of Me / Paul Sika

Go Now…Come Back Later / Uzeyir Cayci

Amusing the Muse / Victor Ehikhamenor

Liquor / Serge Gay Jr

Virus / 3bute

Lilian’s Appeal / Paul Sika

Political Impermanence of Place / Olalekan Jeyifo


For Ice / Kechi Nomu

Players / Nebeolisa Okwudili

Falling / Nebeolisa Okwudili

Magwinya Woman / Ndaba Sibanda

Ziphozonke / Sihle Ntuli

Fluoride for the road / Tom Pescatore

Komodo Dragon / Allen Qing Yuan


Christopher / Okwiri Oduor

Some Deaths are Worlds Apart / Yomi Ogunsanya

Red Lace / Ifesinachi Okoli-Okpagu

Spiritual Attack / Ukamaka Olisakwe

Deletion / Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu


Five Questions for Okwiri Oduor

Under the Influence: Photographs of Africa / Serubiri Moses

From Picture to Text: Negotiation between Art and Literature / Ekiko Ita Inyang

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