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Olana Janfa

I'm No Speek English

Lamington Drive
Friday 25 NovemberSaturday 28 January

In his debut solo exhibition, Olana explores themes of diasporic identity and status, presenting his unique view of life as seen through the various cultural lenses that shape his worldview.

Born in Ethiopia, raised in Norway and now living in Melbourne, Olana channels a richly diverse stream of life experience and cultural influences into his work, gently probing how our language, race and status can influence

others' perceptions of us.

In particular, he is interested in how the 'migrant' label dictates one's experiences, opportunities and social status, and defines thier place within

the world.

Contemplating aspects of the migrant experience and celebrating his African-ness, Olana is refreshingly frank and upbeat about his experiences of race. Through his disarmingly direct, often humourous work, he invites audiences to enter his world, meet its characters – and perhaps even laugh – while also reflecting on what informs their own perceptions of migrants and Black people.

The show consists of more than 40 original paintings on recycled timber, stretched canvas and found materials using acrylic and oil and pastel; a candid and playful study of personality-filled characters, distinctive hand lettering and astute social commentary.

Olana Janfa is an Ethiopian-Norwegian artist based in Naarm / Melbourne. His prolific practice is self-taught and allows him to connect with his culture and express his identity proudly. Known for his vibrant and expressive paintings, Olana has worked on several large-scale murals including a basketball court for Nike among other commercial illustration projects. Most recently he collaborated with international fashion designer Nicholas Daley.

Location

Lamington Drive
52 Budd St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

Date

Friday 25 NovemberSaturday 28 January

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Olana Janfa

I'm No Speek English

Lamington Drive
Friday 25 NovemberSaturday 28 January

In his debut solo exhibition, Olana explores themes of diasporic identity and status, presenting his unique view of life as seen through the various cultural lenses that shape his worldview.

Born in Ethiopia, raised in Norway and now living in Melbourne, Olana channels a richly diverse stream of life experience and cultural influences into his work, gently probing how our language, race and status can influence

others' perceptions of us.

In particular, he is interested in how the 'migrant' label dictates one's experiences, opportunities and social status, and defines thier place within

the world.

Contemplating aspects of the migrant experience and celebrating his African-ness, Olana is refreshingly frank and upbeat about his experiences of race. Through his disarmingly direct, often humourous work, he invites audiences to enter his world, meet its characters – and perhaps even laugh – while also reflecting on what informs their own perceptions of migrants and Black people.

The show consists of more than 40 original paintings on recycled timber, stretched canvas and found materials using acrylic and oil and pastel; a candid and playful study of personality-filled characters, distinctive hand lettering and astute social commentary.

Olana Janfa is an Ethiopian-Norwegian artist based in Naarm / Melbourne. His prolific practice is self-taught and allows him to connect with his culture and express his identity proudly. Known for his vibrant and expressive paintings, Olana has worked on several large-scale murals including a basketball court for Nike among other commercial illustration projects. Most recently he collaborated with international fashion designer Nicholas Daley.

Location

Lamington Drive
52 Budd St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia

Date

Friday 25 NovemberSaturday 28 January

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All exhibition content on this website has been sourced from the exhibiting gallery’s website or provided by other art enthusiasts. We do not own or seek to own any of this material. If you are concerned about any misuse of your content, please let us know here.

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