visuals: CULTURAL CONCEPTS

The images presented, visually articulate the artist's interpretation of universal concepts peculiar to her Yòrùbá culture, emphasizing the significance of the head (Orí) predominantly through portraiture. 

These images attempt to capture, consequently conserving visions of our ancestral mothers in today's contemporary world—acknowledging their presence and influences in the construction/formation of our identity as people of African descent. 

“Every wave owes a ripple its existence.” -

(Kunle Bolarinwa)


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ìrètí : hope

I will lift up my eyes unto...

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EKÚNDAYÒ :

TRANSFORMATIVE TEARS

Ekundayo: "Ekun" means "tears" and "Dayo" means to "transform to joy."

Inspiration:

“Your joy is your sorrow unmasked,
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears...When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find that it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy…"

 
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ÀBÒWÁBÁ : RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE

Abowaba is a concept that is similar to that of Karma and relates to the idea of "retributive justice." It is a saying that implies being cautious when taking [re]action that could potentially "backfire."

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ÌRÍRÍ :

LIFE'S EXPERIENCES

Iriri Aye is a concept that necessitates "self-reflection" among the Yoruba. This phrase often connotes “life experiences” or experiences of the world (Aye Akamara) that transcend the physical realm and “wisdom" acquired in the course of these experiences;
The blank pupils imply: “I have seen it all.” The pupil of the human eye is likened to a "black mirror" that reflects things we see.

 
Gbekele_Trust_Upper Body

'Gbékèlé : trust

Trust in something beyond...

 
Oju-Inu_Insight

OJÚ-INÚ :

INSIGHT

The word "Oju-Inu" literally translates as "the inner eye."

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ÌFOKÀNBALÈ : PEACE

Peace of Mind.

Èbá_Boundaries

èbá : Boundaries

Respect Boundaries

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DÚRÓWOJÚ : Clarify

Beckon for clarification.

 
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ÌGBÒYÁ : BRAVE & COURAGEOUS

"The brave and courageous person is not one who doesn't feel afraid, but one who conquers the fear." (An African Saying)

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AKÓWONJO : COLLECTIVISM

This is a variation of the Sùkú hairstyle and portrays the concept of collectivism and the "strength in clusters."