German-Nigerian contemporary artist, Dil Humphrey-Umezulike, Dilomprizulike, popularly known as Junk Man of Africa, will hold a 7-day practical workshop on the fundamentals and aesthetics of junk art with 15 Abuja based artists in July.
The workshop forms part of the activities of the One Environment initiative, which will see stakeholders such as Environmental Art Collective Foundation (ENACOF), Chanji Datti, Ghraizi & Partners, French Institute, Abuja, as well as Czech Republic, Switzerland and German Embassies partner to generate discussions, resources and policies on environmental sustainability in Nigeria.
A collaboration between the German Embassy and Thought Art Pyramid, the workshop, aims at generating thoughts on the ‘repurposing of junks’ among Nigerians.
“Art is part of our environment, how better can we educate people than showing them what they can do with junk,” says Head of Press and Cultural Affairs Department, at the German Embassy, Kornelia Bitzer-Zenner.
“Junk Man finds creative expression in the realization of form, both conceptual and aesthetics, in junks. He believes that every piece of junk has an inherent aesthetics, one simply needs to find it”.
Junk Man will work with the selected artists in the collection of junks from the streets, and repurposing the junk from trash to art. Public viewing of the finished artwork will open at the Thought Pyramid Art gallery, also the working space of the artists.
Curator at Thought Pyramid, Jeff Ajueshi said the project coincides with the gallery’s initiative to promote popular and foreign based Nigerian artists in Nigeria. The pioneer serie of the initiative headlined the Nigerian but German-based artist, Emmanuel Eni, popularly known as Blackman in European Kitchen. Eni exhibited his works entitled Haske Zanen which explored ‘the light within’, the inner beauty of pieces.
Working majorly with junks collected from the streets, Junk Man who holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, from Nsukka, and a Masters of Fine Art (MFA) from University of Dundee, Scotland, lives and work in Soest, Germany and Lagos, Nigeria. His sculptural pieces reflect the state of variant societies he has worked in, such as the Junkyard Museum of Awkward Things in Lagos, replicated in Oriel Mostyn Llandudno, Wales, and the Busy Street project for the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art in Israel that reflects the consumerism nature of that society.
Dilomprizulike has earned his place among the top 50 influential African artists, and is the founder of Junkmania Creative Concepts, where he teaches Drumming, Art workshops for schools, adults and kids, in addition to his junk installation art, painting and musical performances.