|"Drawing Memory" musral by Victor Ekpuk|
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Sacred communication inspired new mural by Nigerian American artist
ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
MEMPHIS---Memphis Brooks Museum of Art commissions Victor Ekpuk, a Nigerian American artist, to paint "Drawing Memory: Essence of Memphis" for the African art gallery. His art is inspired by nsibidi, a sacred means of communication among male secret societies in southeastern Nigeria. Evolving out of the graphic and writing systems of nsibidi, Ekpuk’s art embraces a wider spectrum of meaning to communicate universal themes. “The subject matter of my work deals with the human condition explained through themes that are both universal and specific: family, gender, politics, culture and identity,” said Ekpuk. The 58-foot mural is the beginning of the renovation of Arts of Global Africa, which will culminate in fall 2017.