Covid 19 dealt with us – Lagos artists
By Ransom Mgbeahuru
THE pandemic covid-19 outbreak has become a threat and has knocked out art exhibition and galleries in Lagos. In the art arena, covid-19 has had the most tremendous immediate effect on emerging artists. Up-and-coming artists, who, even before the pandemic, were making very modest incomes, are now left without commercial outlets for their work, as, many galleries, auctions houses, and art fairs have shut down.
Ademola Ojo a young artist in Lagos narrates his side effect of the pandemic as he recounts dream to nurture the young generation this month has been hampered.
According to him, he said, “It has affected the inspiration, vibes, energy, time and my students. The covid-19 pandemic has forced cultural institutions and venues in Lagos to close. Artists found themselves in this crisis situation. The art industry generally continues to be affected. Art has to do with the expression of inner feelings, looking at the fear created by this virus; it is in way affected the flow of inspiration. Although I an engaging myself in art, an art work on covid-19 but I am not one hundred per cent balance.”
Moshood Oladunni a hyper realism artist said, “As the pandemic continues it’s become difficult to focus on my own work. My pencils just finished and can’t go out to buy another one. I have a commission that i haven’t finished, and when am done, it will be difficult for me to deliver it. Am using this time to reorganise my practice, drawings in a little area in my house. I have almost exhausted my materials.”
Olamilekan Amosu Ridwan noted that “it very sad that this period there no support for artists during this covid-19. As art spaces and events close, no one is talking on how they can support our art communities and artists. Although I have already began to adapt to the changes and bring my practices online, there are many unknown that we facing in the upcoming weeks and months.
Some artists are staying creative through covid-19. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed life all around the world. In Lagos inhabitants are forced to stay indoors same in other affected states. Many have been talking about the impact by the virus and how it is gradually wreaking havoc for businesses, nonprofits, and arts institutions of all types.
Being an artist in a normal economy can be a financial struggle, being an artist during a sudden decline can be downright stressful