Kelani Abass probes the shared history and character of man and machines and the ontological significance of time and memory through a wide range of media that includes, and often combines, photography, print work, collage, painting and installation, and frequently incorporates archival material. The resulting works render personal stories against a backdrop of social and political events and create new meanings and narratives.
Abass studied painting at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, graduating with distinction. His many accolades include first prize in the 3rd Black Heritage International Painting Competition, organized by Caterina de’ Medici Africa (2010). Abass’ work has been included in numerous group shows, and been the subject of five solo exhibitions: If I could save time, CCA, Lagos (2016); Aso Ìgbà, Art Clip Africa, Lagos (2016); Asiko, CCA, Lagos (2013); Man and Machine, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2011); and Paradigm Shift, Mydrim Gallery, Lagos (2009).