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Abdulrazaq Awofeso

10 June — 29 August 2022

This solo exhibition by Nigerian artist Abdulrazaq Awofeso is part of Ikon’s Arrivals programme, concerned with the international movement of people and ideas to coincide with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Commissioned by Ikon, this exhibition includes a multitude of small figurative sculptures made from wooden forklift pallets. Used to transport goods around the world, this widely used material forms a metaphor of human migration. The figures – which are individually crafted and painted by the artist – embody the modern city, where people from all walks of life come together. Awofeso’s works represent an array of real and imagined characters, recalling Antony Gormley’s Field for the British Isles, an installation of 40,000 unique terracotta figures which was exhibited at Ikon in 1995.