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Lorenzo Vitturi: Money Must Be Made at Flowers Gallery

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Flowers Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by London-based Italian artist Lorenzo Vitturi. The works in his new series 'Money Must be Made' are based at the Balogun Market in Lagos, Nigeria, the second biggest market of its kind in West Africa. Located on Lagos Island, Balogun Market sprawls from street to street under the shadow of the now-unoccupied Financial Trust House. In its heyday, the twenty-seven storey Financial Trust building was the tallest on the island, housing western corporations and banks. Local developers believe the business tower is likely to remain empty while the unregulated market below continues to expand. While Vitturi's previous project Dalston Anatomy reflected on the gentrification threatening local businesses in London, Vitturi explores the inverse situation in Lagos, where a thriving local market is said to be causing global corporations to relocate. Populated by tens of thousands of people each day, Vitturi describes the throng of Balogun market as a "sensory overload" of colour and noise. A large mural print on the central wall of the gallery shows an overhead image of the street market in full swing, commanding the rhythm of the surrounding exhibition. Vitturi went about foraging for materials and photographing the things that he found crammed and balanced in every conceivable space - from prayer mats, beads, household products and man-made plastic goods imported from China, to anthropomorphically-shaped Calabash and Agbe gourds, snails, hooves, and horns. Returning to the studio with the materials he had gathered, Vitturi created teetering totemic assemblages with a Baroque sense of drama, collaging and overpainting his photographs and materials in high-register colours - and often layering physical objects within the photographic assemblages to create new volumetrically disorientating images.

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