ARTIST STATEMENT: National flags freeze the history and heritage of countries into one-dimensional statements. I produce mixed media flags and textile installations that are not unique to any land or people, but rather intertwine narratives of individual experiences in a global age, with collective memory and composite accounts of events across space and time. I am Nigerian-born and a naturalized U.S. citizen; my artistic practice draws on autobiographical material. My subject matter deals with shifts in perspective, reversible identities, and the intricate networks of threads connecting universal chronology and circumstances with our personal timelines and interactions as humans.
ALCOHOLOTOPIA 2016 TEXTILE 108 X 60 Inches Satirically look into the ever-elusive ideal of Pan-Africanism.
AFRIKAN HISTORY X 2017 Textile, Wig, Leather 89 x 54 Inches AFRIKAN HISTORY X sift through the colonial heritage of Africa, respectively putting the focus on education and on sexuality.
AD ASTRA 2017 Textile, Leather suitcase 160 x 60 Inches AD ASTRA deals with the hotly debated topic of immigration, from the intimate perspective of a present-day migrant.
PICK A BALE OF COTTON 2017 Textile 69 x 32 Inches PICK A BALE OF COTTON probes into corporate imperialism and the ongoing takeover of Sub-Saharan Africa that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to the antebellum plantation era.
HOW TO FREE A TURTLE 2017 TEXTILE 69 x 35 inches HOW TO FREE A TURTLE investigates the mechanisms of history at work in the cyclical rise of far-right populisms in Western democracies.