Taiye Idahor Celebrates Her Heritage through Hair and Sculpture

Taiye Idahor Celebrates Her Heritage through Hair and Sculpture

Taiye Idhaor is a Lagos based Nigerian artist who celebrates her heritage and history. She works with a variety medium ranging from sculpture, collage, drawing and illustration exploring female and African identity.

Using collage, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media, Idahor explores layers of themes at once expansive and deeply intimate, expressing identity both female and African within the broader contexts of history, tradition, memory and globalization. In many of her works, hair is a recurring motif which carries different symbolic elements, as well as the many facets and contradictions of female identity. Newsprint braids overflow from soft canvas and tracing paper surfaces, filled with secrets and memories. Across Idahor’s sculptures, drawings and collages, hair grows, blooms and transforms, creating new forms and identities

 

Idahor does not shy away from creating dialogue around the roles and expectations of women in society, both in Nigeria and more broadly across an increasingly globalised world

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