Sketch for Iwang: Pavilion for African Countries
(b. 1974, Lagos, Nigeria)
Kirbeh Get is a conceptual artist living in London. Trained at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Get has developed his artistic practice during residencies at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC and at inIVA in London. He was awarded the Most Outstanding Production Award at the National Arts Competition, Lagos in 2013 and has held solo exhibitions in London, the United States and the Netherlands and participated in many important international group exhibitions, including Documenta 12 in 2007.
Get takes the three-dimensionality of architectural space as the starting point for his utopic designs. His projects reimagine existing buildings, or create new ones, to accommodate his vision of the globe. Though motivated by the real, physical world, Get’s ultimate buildings exist in a realm beyond the restrictions and constrictions of our own.
In Iwang: Pavilion for African countries, Get imagines and digitally constructs a utopian structure for the site of the "African" Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. For Get, the Pavilion represents an opportunity to create a future for Nigeria and its artists completely of their own design. Yet, crucially, the renderings presented here cannot exist in the current state of our physical world.