Tim Oelman

52 Days to Timbuktu

6 October – 12 December 2014

’52 Days to Timbuktu’ is an exhibition of work by Tim Oelman, inspired by the art of Morocco and West Africa. The title is taken from the painted sign on the wall in Zagora, Southern Morocco indicating the time taken to travel by camel to the Malian city of Timbuktu – a journey which war and insurrection has now made impossible for Westerners. The exhibition is therefore a journey of the artistic imagination, traveling imagistically from the woven art of Morocco to the mud cloth and architecture of Mali (and neighbouring Burkina Faso). The works across all the mediums display a common preoccupation with sign, symbol and pre-classical culture.