POWER WITHOUT POWER / SIGN FOR FUTURE PROTEST - 2021
Power without Power is a cultural expression and political slogan coined by the artist as a response to the on-going 'power struggles' present within Nigeria.
The phrase has dual meaning and can be used internationally as a declaration against injustice and oppression, or as a statement to enforce independence and empowerment.
Sign For Future Protest is the first work by the artist that will use the slogan to explore ideas around power, distribution and democracy in Nigeria.
The work was first exhibited at the group exhibition Terrains of Possibility at the Rele Gallery, Lagos, where it was taken down midshow on request of the artist and loaned to a member of the public for the Democracy Day Protest against Government oppression in Ojota, Lagos.
By 'activating' the artwork outside of the gallery the artist prompted a dialogue that questioned the social function of an artwork and ideas around public accessibility to an artists work.
Work removed from Rele Gallery, Lagos, 10th June 2021
Debo Adebayo and Protesters 12th June, Ojota, Lagos / Photo Obuh Christopher Nelson
Work reinstalled at Rele Gallery, Lagos, 15th June 2021