International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Ori Olokun Art Experimental Workshop: An Epitome of Modernity in Nigerian Visual Art (1968 – 2009)
Dr Abiodun Banjo

Nigeria is a single nation with the inability to establish and maintain a cultural identity. Hence, radical drive towards forging out cultural identity, led to the organization of series of experimental workshops shortly after Nigeria’s independence Ori Olokun experimental workshop exposed artists to creative freedom with modern tendencies. Despite the negative criticism received by experimental workshops in the 60’s, products from Ori Olokun experimental workshops excel at global level today with the cultural chorography of African art features. This paper therefore examines the concept of Ori Olokun experimental workshop since 1968 to 2009. Historical approach is being employed to source and elicit cultural data. The paper concludes the relevance of Ori Olokun experimental workshop in Modern Nigerian Art as it serves as a spring board for today’s famous Ife Art School, Onaism and Araism.

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