Brian Morris Gallery in partnership with fD is proud to announce the opening of a group exhibition, Fragile States, featuring artists from Iran, Burma, Cameroon, Syria, Indonesia, Armenia, Zimbabwe and Malaysia. Issa Nyaphaga, whose work will be on exhibit shares his artistic insights and performance “The Urban Way”.
Fragile States will be on exhibit at Brian Morris Gallery through May 17.
My artistic endeavor is above all a proclamation of peace and against intolerance. My soul is of a body that has suffered a lot because the political cartoons in the satirical newspaper in Cameroon. I live outside a world in which I am undesirable, and I’ve found in my art a refuge where I can protect myself against all aggression. I came into contact with the subject at a very early age, and the artistic process gives me this force of conviction, this feeling of invincibility and the inner peace I seek. I’m like the pages of an open book blown by the winds of liberty.
In my studio projects, I’m painting Cartoons on canvas, with my political vision of Global Society.
But I do not seek to make sense of my art because, to me, art is like life: if we look closely there is no sense, just emotion. That is what I wish to convey. Being a person who has suffered intolerance and persecution, I would have liked to stop being a victim and live like anyone else. But the past reminds me of whom I am: an outsider. That is why my philosophy of including certain parts of my body in my art namely my hands and feet to convey my emotions is for me therapeutic. It is an act of protest, the rebellion of a man who cannot return home. This endeavor helps me cope with my current status as a man and a citizen of urban worlds, wandering around the globe.
Music plays an important role in this work, especially when I’m performing.
Welcome to the Urban Way.