The exhibition Unlocked / Reconnected Is an Inltative that brings togehter almost two hundred ‘houses for art’ throughout the Netherlands: Museums, Institutes for presentation, galleries, artists’ initiatives and corporate collections. The point departure for Unlocked / Reconnected is the idea of sollidairity, the will to reflect collectively on what home is. As an initiative Unlocked Reconnected stems from a sense that opening up the home, in the aftermath of the lockdown, will force us to reconsider our outlook on this. Unlocked / Reconnected underlines the importance of art and culture in this period of global crisis.

ARTIST: Kingsley Ogwara
WORK: Solidarity (2018)
DIMENSIONS: 90 × 170 cm
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
INSTITUTION: OpenArtExchange
CITY: Schiedam

Solidarity is one of the highlights of the solo exhibition ‘Inside’ by painter / sculptor Kingsley Ogwara (Luxembourg / Nigeria). Ogwara is fascinated by people and how they are defined by their relationship to the community in which they live. Crowds of people are not a threat to the individual for him, but rather a home, a warm, liberating blanket of solidarity, which allows different people from different backgrounds to be connected in their human values and needs. In the recent lock-down period, the physical mass suddenly posed a threat to the individual, but was replaced in no time by a warm blanket of online solidarity. From joint online Zoom concerts from individual living rooms, community aid groups via WhatApp, to the shared weekly applause for the people in the healthcare sector. Our individualistic society regained its sense of community and solidarity. Hopefully, solidarity and humanity will remain prominent values in the coming recovery period and the day will soon come when we will be able to celebrate life and culture en masse again.