Tiwani Contemporary: Emma Prempeh & Abigail Lucien

3 March - 1 April

London and Lagos-based gallery Tiwani Contemporary presents With Tenderness, a duo exhibition featuring gallery artist Emma Prempeh and introducing Haitian-American artist Abigail Lucien in their first UK show.

The exhibition probes how, in painting and sculptural installations, both artists render compelling explorations of time in all its tenses: As archival matter, quotidian event and speculative futurity. Abigail Lucien’s abstract floor and wall-based sculptures are informed by their ongoing questioning of “inherited colonial structures and systems of belief and care.” Further themes in this new series include heat as a source of transformative energy, anthropomorphism and nationalism with particular reference to the nation states of Haiti and The Dominican Republic, which share the same land mass but are bordered. Emma Prempeh’s latest paintings are portraits that cast an intimate glance on her loved ones and sense of self. Exploring expressions of pictorial and emotional depth, these new paintings question the frailty and fallibility of memory. 


Emma Prempeh, 2023. Oil, Acrylic and Imitation Gold Leaf on Canvas, 155 x 190 cm (61 x 74 3/4 in). Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Emma Prempeh, If I Love Myself Will I Let Go of Fear, 2023. Oil, Acrylic and Imitation Gold Leaf on Canvas, 175 x 175 cm (68 7/8 x 68 7/8 in). Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary
Abigail Lucien, boule de fwa II, 2022. Acrylic and vinyl on steel, 22.9 x 1.9 x 3.8 cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Deli Gallery.