Like most of contemporary art, abstract and conceptual photography gets a lot of flack for being artsy fartsy self indulgent nonsense. This is why interviewing artist and photographer Abraham Oghobase seemed for me my most emotional interview in this series so far. Being an artist already places you on the fringe of things and as i often say being an artist in Nigeria whose work isn’t considered mainstream or perhaps even misunderstood can feel like you are dangling on a precipice. That is a much lonelier edge.
I have also known Abraham and his work for a long time and it has been a great experience watching his evolution and confidence with his art. During our sit down, we talked about the perceived narcissism of self portraiture, being an artist whose work isn’t recognised at home and creativity as a tool for self interrogation.
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