Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos) is pleased to present Emissaries of an Iconic Religion, the first major solo exhibition in Nigeria of Lagos-based photographer Adolphus Opara. The presentation will include fifteen images from the twenty strong “Emissaires” series made between 2009 and 2011, offering a unique and visually compelling photographic portrayal of the custodians of indigenous religious beliefs. Through this body of work, which pushes the boundaries of contemporary portraiture, Opara highlights some of the existing tensions between the cultures of animist belief and organised religion. The works inform the sensitive debate surrounding the demonisation and denigration of traditional religion instigated by colonial and missionary rhetoric, and more recently by the most dominant and visible forms of the religious belief systems in Nigeria and across the continent: Islam and Evangelical Christianity.
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