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By: Mathew B. Oyedele

A couple of days ago, Ato Arinze and Djakou Kassi Nathalie opened their joint exhibition at the Quintessence Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos and the exhibition runs till 24th of June. The works that are presented in this show offers a marked contrast and deviation from the functionality label that is consciously or unconsciously tagged on ceramics.
Ato and Nathalie's works are strongly different in content and style. Born in Cameroun, Nathalie lived and taught in Cameroun before coming to Nigeria some years ago. Ato schooled in the southwestern and southeastern parts of Nigeria respectively.The fact that they both grew up in different environments have major influences on their works.
For Ato, the Nigerian landscape offers an array of opportunity to define and conceptualize his art. He alludes to socio-political situations with simple shapes and sound contents. Nathalie's works neither questions nor comment on socio-political happenings - spontaneity and primacy …
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