Exhibition: the artist isn’t present by Ayọ̀ Akínwándé

Saturday 04 May 2019 12pm – 5pm | The Gallow Gate at Many Studios | Free

The Gallow Gate is located at Many Studios, 3 Ross Street, Barras, Glasgow, G1 5AR

Ayọ̀ Akínwándé’s first solo exhibition in the United Kingdom borrows elements of building construction to explore the artist’s own process of making new work. For the purpose of this exhibition, Akínwándé has interrupted the notion of completion, situating the viewer in his working environment. The exhibition is under construction.

This work stems from Akínwándé’s background in architecture, incorporating design processes in the spatial sectioning of these ideas to evoke both intimacy and the monumental. Using materials found on construction site such as corrugated zinc sheets, wood, and stone, the artist mimics the restriction areas on construction sites to signify the invisibility of the artists’ process to their audience.

In amongst the rubble, the artist presents new video work based on his ongoing research into markets. The video explores ways of marking time across cultures, using the market system of the Igbos – in present day South-East Nigeria – as a starting point. The Gallow Gate is located in an original Barras Market building, and our geography and relationship to the largest outdoor market in Glasgow became a point of interest to the artist. As part of this research, Akínwándé travelled to various markets in the city of Enugu and Abakaliki, places where he had spend significant time a decade earlier as a graduate.

In this body of work, the artist moves away from his extensive study into the power structures and vexed relationship between leadership and citizenship in Nigeria, whilst still closely considering the experiences of people in the built environment. Akínwándé’s work encompasses installation, sculpture, sound, video, photography and digital archives, to debate the Nigerian socio-political reality and the propagation of citizenship.

the artist isn’t present applies the same satirical approach to exhibition making whilst disrupting the conventional relationship between artists and audiences.



Many Studios CIC was established in 2014 to provide a wide range of flexible and bright spaces that meets the varied needs of the creative industries in Glasgow. A fully serviced suite of managed workspaces, shop front creative units, contemporary art galleries, multifunctional meeting rooms and event spaces are all designed not only to support creativity, innovation and commercial success but also be flexible enough to meet the ever-changing needs of the creative industries.

Many Studios producing an annual arts programme through an on-site project space, The Gallow Gate; a diverse programmed space curated by Natalia Palombo which is challenging conventional models of creative practice and sustainability through established and recurring innovative creative relationships with organisations in countries such as Zimbabwe, South Africa and Pakistan. Locally, East End First Saturdays and Ross Street Market, our monthly culture festival and outdoor market, bring new audiences and entrepreneurial energy to The Barras whilst building unique partnerships that bolster footfall and grow the local economy.

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