Literandra partners with Nigerian artist based in Luxembourg.
Nigerian artist Uyi Nosa-Odia, also known as UNO, is partnering with Literandra, Omega 90 asbl, Lëtz Art asbl, Lycée Belval, Le Château de Larochette, and Commune de Larochette, to bring discussions about mental health and the role art can play when dealing with past trauma into focus through the creation of an art exhibition titled ‘X-Ray’.
‘X-Ray’ was born in response to shocking reports about the rising rate of mental health issues among young people in Luxembourg and Uyi Nosa-Odia’s own continuous struggle with past trauma. The latter led him to think about the ways in which art can be used to raise awareness about mental health issues and figure as therapy for those affected. The artworks that he has created for ‘X-Ray’ so far have become a form of therapy for the artist and a way of processing his own traumatic memories and episodes of depression. Some of the paintings that will form part of the exhibition include ‘The Hole’, which reflects on the artist’s moments of death; ‘Dans la Tête’, which is more about depression; and ‘Amé (Water)’, which compares negative incidents to rainstorms. The ‘X-Ray’ project’s main aim is to offer resources that could help others in their struggles and/or alleviate their impact. Likewise, it aims to encourage more people to speak out and seek help and treatment.
Bringing this exhibition close to young people was of utmost importance to the artist. That is why the first venue for the exhibition will be at the secondary school Lycée Belval, from the 1st to the 6th of July 2021. Here, the entire student body, as well as the teachers, will have free and unlimited access to the pieces, alongside dedicated times for guided visits with the artist.
From the 13th to the 29th of August 2021, the general public will have access to the ‘X-Ray’ exhibition at the Larochette Castle, with a vernissage taking place on the opening night with the artist in attendance.
Literandra will be curating an accompanying publication with interviews, background stories and explanations on some of the paintings, personal and opinion essays, and more. It will be available for everyone free of charge from the Literandra website.
Uyi Nosa-Odia: A Nigerian artist living in Luxembourg. In 2014, he was shot in the head twice, and left for dead in a politically motivated attack in Benin City, Nigeria. Inexplicably, he survived the attack and fled to Russia, then to Germany and finally to Luxembourg in 2017. Soon after arriving in Luxembourg, he realised that ‘his new start’ would be marred by debilitating headaches, PTSD and depression.Through medical treatment, therapy and art, Uyi has continued to recover and managed to forge a new life.