“Remaining vernacular” is a body of work focusing on the textures that make the African people and they’re home. A yearning to remember what remains.
“Character is a fundamental trait in how people of the continent improve and nurture their feelings.The exhibition solidifies Lulama’s exploration of pre-colonial references and merging the ideas into a reimagined future for the continent. She takes these ideas and ideologies and brings them into a world or an image into a fantasy and lives in complete harmony in her mind. She explores the ideas of what character is in the DNA of the African people by not emphasising the actual continent and what it has from a natural resources point of view but using the actual resources to apply on her work, that emphasises the character of the African people.
The people themselves are what build the continent and can ultimately rebuild from what they know. In essence, when exploring vernacular art and texture Wolf has taken a selection of works that symbolise the characters of the people she can represent from pre-colonial activity. These faces though unrecognisable as faces take geometric shapes - an intentional endeavour by the artist. In essence, the purposeful shape of these characters helps embrace the spirit of difference within the characters themselves and that of others. Lulama works towards reminding herself and the continent to not only make space for difference but to celebrate it as well.