“Black Market Museum”
Museum, house, found objects, mixed-media installation
In collaboration with: Prison Art Programs
Every day, human activity produces trash. It is not only through production and consumption; the application of social norms in society produces trash too. On behalf of the social norms in society, we recognize the term “scum of society.” Whether it’s consciously or unconsciously, we’ve always lived in selective social conditions, accepting certain values and discard others. Through this project titled “Black Market Museum”,Tejuoso seeks to breathe life into everything that has already become outcasts. Ranging from packaging waste, abandoned building to human resources cast aside by social norms. By doing so, he not only inhales life into the trashes, but he also instills new values and invites us to always remember the benefit of these repurposed materials.
Olanrewaju Tejuoso was born in Abeokuta, Ogun State of Nigeria. He is a painter, performance and installation artist. He studied Fine Art at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has exhibited throughout Nigeria as well as internationally. He is passionate about the environment and society. He beliefs that his concern for his people and environment is a divine which he called “From Waste to Life.” He uses found object and trash for the art material. Trash or waste is not merely considered literally, but metaphorically. For him, abandoned building and abandoned people are also part of his concern. He maintains his long term project, Aroko Green Museum, taken place in an abandoned building belongs to the government. In this building he exhibits his found object works. He also let other homeless people live in that building. Besides, he facilitated art workshops for children in across Nigeria. He lives and works in Abeokuta, Nigeria.