Veteran artist says Nigerian arts need international content to be relevant




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– A veteran artist, Ndidi Dike, on Wednesday said only way ’s art works could have global impact was relative works.

Dike told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in it was only when there was vibrancy and purpose ’s art works could attract attention from the international community.

“The government is not working with the Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) or even gallery owners have an insight to how the arts world operates internationally.

“It is because of Nigerians living in the Diaspora that Nigerian arts are mentioned or known at all,” she said.

Dike noted that for Nigerian arts to survive, the works be understudied for it to make global impact.

She noted that arts were not Nigerian arts alone; it be an international thing.

“Nigerian arts have to key into some of the concepts or themes in the international arena; in terms of our work outlook or , we not talk about particular issues.[eap_ad_1]

“We should talk about something that is global that should have African content but can be perceived globally.

“We should have a definition from Nigeria and painting what is happening all over the world,” she said.

The artist lamented that it was just unfortunate that government was not collaborating with body of artists to make this work.

“Again, you ask yourself what does National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), National Gallery of Arts (NGA) and Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture do for individual artists.

“There is artist you can call today that can categorically state that the ministry of culture did something for me and practice and productive .

“Everybody keeps saying we don’t have to rely on government but even at that one of the purposes for which it is set up is to help artists.

“Until there seem to be a synergy between these two departments, arts are not going to remain very relevant,” she added. (NAN)[eap_ad_4]