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Salvage Therapy : Joint Exhibition Ahmed Abdulrazaq and Ankeli Christopher Curated by Jumoke Sanwo and Chinny Agwu

Out of the Ahmadu Bello University came the rebellious “natural synthesis” approach synonymous with the Art Society of Nigeria formed in 1958, a movement also known as  “the Zaria Rebels” driven by the late Uche Okeke, Demas Nwoko, Bruce Onobrakpeya and Simon Okeke. The movement questioned the emphasis on Western Academic traditions but more importantly, it merged the best of artistic traditions, forms and ideas from across the country with useful ones from Western cultures to create a uniquely Nigerian aesthetic perspective.

Abdulrazaq Ahmed and Ankeli Christopher coincidentally met at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1999, where Ahmed was understudying artists at the Fine Arts Department while studying to become an Urban Planner and Christopher was on industrial attachment from the Kano State Polytechnic where he studied Fine Arts. They started an in-depth exploration of art salvage spanning more than 18 years, using diverse knowledge and skills acquired outside the confines of the Western Academic traditions, to experiment and refine their materiality which cumulated into the Salvage Therapy Exhibition.