Akirash’s woven mixed media works from photography demonstrate the synthesis and fragility of memories, contrasting both monochromatic and colored perspectives with manipulated edges. From captivating colors, frayed, busy threads, to the meditative mix of animation and grayscale, the memories captured reveal their subjectivity and elasticity. His work collectively represents a volatile collage of recognizable figures, while incorporating multiple narratives. In doing so, Akirash brings to light the ephemeral nature of memories. An iteration of the exhibition celebrating 15 years of the artist's performance work takes place simultaneously in Cologne, Germany.
Venue: RO2 ART GALLERY
1508 COMMERCE STREET , DALLAS TEXAS. USA
Date: 13th, April - 11th May 2019
Opening : 13th April 2019
Time: 7:00 pm.
I wake in the depth of night. When I close my eyes, I feel something is blocking my view. I can‘t breathe deep or stand up from my bed. It feels like something is holding me down. I tried to turn my head right or left, but it is impossible. I try to scream. I can’t find my voice. I think maybe I am dead, but I still feel that I am breathing. The dead to not breathe.
I start to pray as millions of questions pump up my mind. I ask myself, have I done well in this world? What should I have done better? All the while my bed and pillow turning to a swimming pool of sweat.
Then suddenly a breeze blows and everything changes. I become myself again. I wake up. It is a blessing to have another chance to see the sun again, another opportunity to right the wrong.
You are in a place where there is no way out, nowhere to go. It is your day to have the worse day of your life. When it hurts too much to move, I am here to be the first one to help. I am here to stand between you and chaos. I am the first responded
. That is my purpose and I am closer to you than you know. I am your guardian angel, your neighbor, your friend, your sister, your brother. I am with you in spirit. I am your partner in crime. You are mine and I am yours, forever.
What is it to be an artist? How do I best use the gift of being a creative person? What is my duty to the world?
Day after day, year after year, the cup is filled. I can see the reward of working hard, struggling to survive, pushing so hard so that my voice can be heard. I am still here. We have ups and downs, days of failures, and many successes. Sometimes the rewards seem small, but we never back down from the pressure. Ikede – Crusade – how and why I was created, my purpose to be on the earth has never been so clear than it is now.
Join me in this crusade to make the world a better place, to give all we have, and never back down from those that look down on us, those who bully us, those who use every seconds of their life to destroy. We were born to build and to spread the hug, the smile, harmony, affection and to multiply blessings from generation to generation. Alexander the Great said, “I am not afraid of an army of lions that bite sheep, I am afraid of an army of sheep that bite the lion.” This is the crux of our destiny. We need to take comfort and strength from our beliefs and vision of what this world could be. With this we will earn a memorial beyond what we deserve or wish for.