The Mask was Lakin Ogunbanwo’s first conceptual exhibition in Lagos. The exhibition was a one-day display of 20 photographic works taken in celebration of the mystery of the human mind and face. The exhibition explored the idea of masking people and forcing the audience to appreciate the strength of the visuals as opposed to making a preset judgment based on first impressions in such cases where faces are revealed.
The evening was an electric repertoire of originally scored music – set to inspire. Guests were given the opportunity to use their minds and take part in an Art movement.
The exhibition was held at the Terrakulture Gallery on the 2nd February 2012. The main attraction besides speeches from Curator, Marc Purst and the photographer himself, Lakin Ogunbanwo was a photo area where guests got a chance to take their own portraits with the Mask. All taken images were given to guests as souvenirs.
The exhibition was well attended by Lagos-based art and fashion enthusiasts with a few surprise drop-ins including The First lady of Lagos State, Mrs Abimbola Fashola.
The Art Element
A simple proposition: Let’s use photography to foster the discussion that we are all one – regardless of status, creed, and gender. ‘The Mask’ is made up of photographs taken of public figures and average law-abiding citizens – all identities are disguised by the mask however the object is to ensure that each subject’s personality comes through.
The collection is made up of the photographer’s shortlisted subjects whom he admires – some are more known than others. Subjects include a current first lady, a former first lady, a composer, a designer, a pastor, a judge, and regular high school students.
The object is to create powerful images whilst remaining true to an artist’s aesthetics as an artist and photographer.
This theme is, as much a doorway into conversations about topical subjects, as well as about artistic techniques and style. Attendees will be encouraged to formulate their own opinions about the quality of the work.
Lakin Ogunbanwo & Tola Ayanwale
Bez & Funmto Ogunbanwo
Bolanle Austen Peters, Anne Efuru & Mrs Dundun Peterside
Lakin Ogunbanwo & Lisa Folawiyo
Lakin Ogunbanwo & Mrs Abimbola Fashola (1st Lady, Lagos State)
Lakin Ogunbanwo & Ono Bello
Lakin, Funmto & Funmbi Ogunbanwo
Lekan, Lakin Ogunbanwo & Mrs Abimbola Fashola
Noble Igwe, Olamide Adedeji, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu & Lakin Ogunbanwo
Tope Dollface &Lakin Ogunbanwo