Art in the Diaspora

Mitochondria Gallery Announces Place of Repose

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December 20 – January 13, 2023.

Mitochondria Gallery is pleased to present our final exhibition of 2023, “Place of Repose” a group exhibition. This exhibition features sculptures and paintings from contemporary artists from Africa and the African Diaspora. 

Comprising of small to large scale works, this exhibition features abstract textile sculptures as well as figurative paintings that examine the human condition using styles of abstraction, realism, cubism, and surrealism to represent their subjects. 

Roberto Pare. Interests of Visions.2023 
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 Okoye Chukwuemeka John Root, 2023
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The “Place of Repose” is an ecosystem where the weary find a glimpse of refuge. This exhibition offers two perspectives: first, as a reminder to live in the present, reflect, and appreciate life as it is; and second, to actively make time to unwind and participate in rest, both physically and mentally. 

This exhibition features new paintings and sculptures from Roberto Pare (Limbe, Cameroon), Okoye Chukwuemeka John (Uyo, Nigeria), Manzi Leon (Kigali, Nigeria), Iniobong Usoro (Lagos, Nigeria), Sphephelo Mnguni (Cape Town, South Africa), Nduka Ikechukwu (Nsuka, Nigeria), and Benjamin Niyomugabo (Kigali, Rwanda).

Nduka Ikechukwu.Our Lord..2023
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Manzi Leon. Contemplation of domesticity..2023
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As we reflect on the year, we are grateful for the opportunity to serve you all and your continued support, which helps us further expand the platform for art from Africa and the African diaspora. “Place of Repose,” is a reminder for us to remember to rest and take time to nurture our mental and physical wellbeing, which is very important, especially during the holiday season.

Iniobong Usoro. Torn Pages I. 2023.
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Sphephelo Mnguni. Ngaphakathi.2023
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Place of Repose is on view from December 20th to January 13th, 2023. The opening reception in Houston, TX is on Wednesday, 7:00 Pm to 9:00 Pm on the 20th of December. 

About Mitochondria Gallery

Mitochondria Gallery is based in east downtown Houston, Texas. Established in 2019, our program is focused on showcasing some of the brightest mid-level and emerging artists from Africa and the African diaspora. Our goal is to educate and further expand the global public awareness of contemporary African art. We aim to enlarge the platform available to these talented artists by championing, nurturing, and enhancing their artistic practice though our dedicated in-house residency, solo exhibitions, international art fairs, philanthropy, offsite projects, and Museum exhibitions. Multiple artists nurtured though our program have exhibited and are included in permanent collections in major international museums such as The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Kunsthal Kade Amersfoort Netherlands, and Kunsthalle Krems Museum Austria amongst others.

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