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Chris Ofili | Freedom One Day

Solo show at Victoria Miro Gallery. 2002
Date: 25 June, 2002 until 3 August, 2002
Curator: Victoria Miro Gallery
Organiser: Victoria Miro Gallery

Solo exhibition by Chris Ofili, held at Victoria Miro Gallery, 25 June - 3 August 2002. The exhibition featured Ofili’s distinctive series of paintings executed in the colours red, black and green. The colours are hugely significant, being the colours of the flag of Marcus Garvey and his UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) that was particularly active from the late 19 teens through to the middle of 1940, at which time Garvey died in London. Arguably of eqiually powerful symbolism as the red, gold and green tricolour, Garvey’s UNIA flag resonates with pronounced associations of Black Power, Black struggle, and diasporic African identity and the quest for liberation and fulfilment. In his own way, Ofil’s work in Freedom One Day, made liberal use of these associations. Indeed, the cover of the accompanying catalogue featured, in part, a motif of the outline of the African continent, coloured in with the UNIA tricolour.

Ofili would go on to make extensive use of the red, green and black colours, in his work, and the packaging produced to market/promote it.

The exhibition’s paintings utilised what was still, at the time, Ofili’s trademark use of elephant dung, both on the large canvases themselves, and also as supports for the said canvases.

In the middle of the exhibition’s run Freedom was scheduled. It was described as “a one-off spoken word event [which] took place on Thursday 18 July at the Victoria Miro Gallery to showcase leading artists on the London performing arts scene. Chris Ofili commissioned the authours to produce and perform new works in response to his brief of “freedom” though prose, spoken word and commentary.”

 

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Born, 1968 in Manchester, UK

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London, United Kingdom