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Stories

Belle of Senegal

'Belle of Senegal' explores how the Mulatto French-African women of the Island of Gorée and the city of Saint Louis in French Senegal negotiated their identity in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Black and Proud

'Black and Proud' series celebrates West African heritage and culture and challenges the viewer to consider racial inequality by imbuing an air of power, regality and pride in the sitter.

Black Victoria

This focuses on Black cultural identity in the Victorian era. Here, the women appear confident, their gaze remarkedly self-contained. Closely related to my ‘Signares’ and the ‘Belle of Senegal’ series.

Body of Power

In ‘Body of Power’, the body at once becomes a contested site and a weapon of resistance to challenge the status quo. All through history, the body as a theme has always been explored.

Onitsha Masquerade Pantheon

In tribute to my father, my incursion into the metaphysical is based on contemporary interpretations of traditional African dance and the Onitsha-Igbo masquerade pantheon, Mmonwu. Two dominant strains characterise the masquerades; the graceful female Agbogho-mmuo and the more aggressive male Ogolo.