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Year 9 - Identity: Nnenna Okore

A guide to resources on identity in art, compiled by your librarians. Last updated December 2018.

Nnenna Okore

Nnenna Okore

“I desire to heighten … the perception of textures, undulating contours and movements that exist within our ephemeral world.” Nnenna Okore [source]

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Nnenna Okore’s art is inspired by the use of found objects, and by close attention to natural textures and forms. Using basic materials such as clay, newspaper, wax and rope, her tactile and highly evocative sculptures take on dramatic and unanticipated forms. Her work celebrates the transformation of discarded materials into cultural objects and spaces and brings a critical focus to bear on the consumption and recycling cultures in parts of Nigeria. 

She applies various repetitive and labour-intensive techniques, like weaving, twisting, sewing, dyeing, waxing and rolling, which were learned by watching villagers perform everyday tasks. These processes accentuate colours, textures and other visceral 

What's her inspiration ?

In this video, Nnenna Okore discusses overcoming the challenges of being a female African artist and how her passion to create leads her to inspire young female artists.

[video source : youtube]