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Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects Exhibition VII Celebrates Soyinka At 90

In honor of the illustrious Professor Wole Soyinka’s 90th birthday, the 7th edition of the “Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects of Wole Soyinka” series is set to open this Satur – day, July 13, at Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, Freedom Park, Lagos Island.

This special tributary celebration, conceptualised and curated by historian and archivist, Oludamola Adebowale, offers an immersive and experimental exhibition that delves deep into the life and works of Africa’s first Nobel laureate in literature.

The exhibition series, inaugurated seven years ago, was conceived as a unique platform to interrogate Professor Soyinka’s work through immersive experiences.

Last year’s edition debuted in November and was specially requested by Professor Soyinka to go on tour, which brings it back this year to commemorate his milestone birthday.

This year’s exhibition, titled “The Man Who Didn’t Die in the Face of Tyranny”, draws its inspiration from Professor Soyinka’s Prison notes , “The Man Died,” originally published in 1971.

The exhibition features special audio and video instal – lations where Professor Soyinka narrates his har – rowing prison experiences and his survival through 22 months of solitary confinement between 1967 and 1969.

Adebowale said the exhibition series “speaks to the core of one of those situations that tested the resilience of the icon and also the fundamental of humanity in everyone.

How do you measure the true test of a man when he stands in the face of tyranny?” The exhibition features Audio and Video Installations: Personal narrations by Professor Soyinka about his imprisonment and solitary confinement; installation of the Solitary Confinement Cell with Archival Newspaper Clippings; exclusive inter – views: a special interview with Oludamola Adebowale and Professor Wole Soyinka, offering insights into the conception and significance of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be open until the end of July. Kongi’s Harvest Gallery, which also serves as the private office of Professor Soyinka, provides a fitting backdrop for this celebratory and reflective exhibition.

This edition not only honors Soyinka’s enduring legacy but also provides an engaging and thought-provoking experience for all attendees. Adebowale is a historian, archivist, and culture advocate dedicated to preserving and promoting Nigerian history and arts.

He has been the driving force behind the “Timeless Memories: Elastic Effects of Wole Soyinka” series, ensuring that Soyinka’s contributions to literature and human rights are celebrated and remembered.

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