Inspiring and interesting talk at Tate Modern with Njideka Akunyili on the thinking behind the work and some of the practical ways in which she puts her paintings together.
Lots of reference to the history of painting and the influence of African writers plus the convergence, in her life, of Nigerian and American culture. Born in Nigeria and studied Art in the states and ended up doing what her family advised her not to do by marrying a man outside of their community. A lot of the work references the family, Nigerian politics, imagery and fabrics.
The work is very beautiful and thoughtfully put together to draw the viewer’s eye around the work. Often on paper with layers of collaged imagery…
See my notes to follow.