Founded by the African Artists' Foundation, The Maker Lab is an innovative annual program that was created to promote and facilitate the blossoming careers of young, gifted artists within Nigeria and Africa at large.
This year, the young creatives being promoted are Ayeni Olajide and Anthony Obayomi, two gifted artists whose upcoming exhibition, Here Is Home will investigate elements of Lagos' architecture from complementary, albeit distinct, perspectives.
According to the African Artists' foundation, The Maker Lab and the corresponding Here Is Home exhibition will function as a safe space for artistic dialogue between the artists and their audience, where their work can be gleaned, appreciated and collected.
Olajide's series, If Demolition Could Be Colourful illuminates what is left behind in the process of development. He uses his eye as a photographer and a trained architect to highlight the often overlooked beauty of Nigeria’s urban landscape
Obayomi's series, Bonafide Squatters documents the subpar living standards experienced by thousands of students at the University of Lagos. According to Obayomi, the aim was to tell the story of housing problems in Lagos from a student perspective.
For the upcoming launch of The Maker Lab: Home is Here on May 25, the African Artists' Foundation commisioned the talented Fidelis Joseph to transform the exhibiting loft space with a distinct mural painting, and the outcome is absolutely stunning.
Check out the creation of the stunning mural below: