Having spent the last three decades exploring the built environment, I am now fascinated with new explorations in nature. Within nature I find spirituality, a peaceful serenity, brightness and colour and a diversity that goes beyond identity. This shift was perhaps inevitable, since the primary material in my sculptures also come from nature.
Objects of different shapes and sizes are prominent in our world, we are constantly orchestrating our lives around them. I like to harness that quiet relationship between myself and the “inanimate” world, I find that I can emote with them, create stores of memory, as well as enhance my living experience.
Working with lines and motifs requires a certain type of flexibility, it’s all mental exercise. I love the challenge of not knowing if the line or motif I’m going to create will connect to the next line after it. I’ll say that I have a special connection with lines, it shows me that everything is connected, one way or the other, it also applies to my life
Tolu Agbelusi is a Nigerian British poet, playwright, performer, educator and lawyer. A Callaloo Fellow who has been published internationally and commissioned widely,her acclaimed debut play Ilé La Wà just had its run at the Stratford Circus theatre and will be going on tour in the next couple of months. I got a chance to see the […]
I never hesitate to say that i have been a fan of Ade Laoye’s work both on stage and screen for quite a long time so it was a no brainer to have her kick of the second season of my Youtube interview series Culture Diaries. Beyond the fact that there is something innately […]
As today marks World Sickle Cell awareness day, i have released the first in a series of four video interviews titled Warriors. Warriors is a an in-depth look at what it is like for people living with sickle cell disease. I am hoping that with some injection of resources, i can evolve the series to […]
Last month i got the opportunity to attend the annual AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa thanks to an International Reporting Project(IRP) fellowship. Amongst many enlightening sessions was a pre-conference keynote address given by activist Bisi Alimi. Though the narrative has mostly focused on him being the first Nigerian to publicly come out on Nigerian […]
Emmanuel Iduma is a writer and art critic who has been traveling with the Invisible Borders Trans African project since 2011. In our session, we talk about intimacy with strangers, cultural ownership and otherness. During the press conference you talked about wanting to explore being a stranger in a place, especially when you do […]
This year I have partnered with the Invisible Borders TransAfrican project; a travel project that assembles writers and photographers who move across cities questioning boarders and mapping out diversity. This year the project has decided to travel within Nigeria seeking to question the Nigerian identity as well as its artificial boarders. My first of […]
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 […]