Gifted Nigerian visual artist, Williams Chechet is set to present his new solo exhibition ‘Heavy is the Head’ at Soto Gallery from Friday 25th Nov – Friday 9th Dec, 2022
“Heavy is the Head” alludes to the famous Shakespearean quote, “Uneasy is the head that wears a crown”. Biblically, it is written, “To whom much is given, much is required now” – Luke 12:48.
These quotes emphasize the burden and responsibility that comes with status and power. When much has been given to you (talent/ability), a lot will be required of you. There are a variety of ways in which you can fulfill that requirement, but sharing impact is the most crucial step. And as leaders/influencers in any field, we are continually making decisions that affect many others. Let the impact be beneficial.
The exhibition will commence on Friday 25th November by 5pm with an opening reception and end on Friday 9th December 2022.
Williams Chechet is a Nigerian visual artist experiments with Pop Art, culture and afro-futurism, and is interested mainly in black identity and history reimagined in the past, present and the future.
Chechet fully embraces contemporary culture, the digital future and his own sense of his cultural heritage
His images are bold and engaging, often taken out of their original context through his creative process, and overlapped with colourful symbolism and accessories.
In his most recent body of work the artist explores and intentionally incorporates the faces and characters of Northern Nigeria, it’s leaders, icons and historically and culturally significant images into his work as a project that enshrine them in popular memory and consciousness – images and figures that have shaped Nigeria’s political history.
His work also pays homage to the global pop art movement of the 1960s, with strong references to artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean Michel Basquiat.
He has exhibited in group exhibitions in America, The United Kingdom, South Africa, and Morocco.
Born in Kano and raised in Kaduna in Northern Nigeria, Chechet studied Industrial Design at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
He was shortlisted for the Art X Lagos Art Prize in 2018.