Photo exhibition of Shahidul Alam, Andrew Esiebo, Julio Etchart and Ohiri at the Agency Gallery (66 Evelyn Street, London)
14 May – 13 June 2013 – Preview: 13th May 6-9pm
Wed-Sat 10.30am – 6pm ; Last Fridays of the Month 10.30am – 8pm
Beyond Rational Thought brings together four global artists with works charting emotively charged situations in a spiritual and political context. Esiebo and Alam both document mass gatherings in religious and political contexts, Esiebo the Pentecostal Church Movement in Africa and Alam, a committed human rights activist, on the uprisings leading to democracy and subsequent political struggles in Bangladesh. Complemented by Julio Etchart’s observations on land grabs by peasants in Ecuador and the end of military rule in Brazil and the starkly contrasting single spiritual portrait of the artist Karl Ohiri in ‘Medicine Man’ (with Rike Kassinen).
About the artists
Andrew Esiebo lives and works in Lagos and has exhibited worldwide a/o in the Havana and Sao Paulo Biennials and the Guangzhou Triennial. Shahidul Alam, lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh and works as a photographer, writer curator and human rights activist. Julio Etchart has worked widely internationally and exhibited a/o at the Photographer’s gallery. Born in Uruguay he lives and works in London, Karl Ohiri and Rike Kassinen are Nigerian and Finnish and live and work in London. Karl Ohiri was included in the recent exhibition ‘Family Matters’ at Tate Britain (Oct 2012- Feb 2013).