From Frieze to 1-54—Works to Buy from Contemporary African Artists
Series: New Niger Delta (2013 - 2016)
An Associated Press photographer and participant in the 2015 Venice Biennale, George Osodi employs the traditions of photojournalism to convey complex narratives about his native Nigeria. In a series investigating the culture of Nigerian monarchs, Osodi traveled around the country photographing kings and queens in their palaces. The monarchs lack constitutional power, but Osodi’s portraits and explanatory texts highlight the cultural legacy of the Nigerian kingdoms, celebrating the royals’ relationship to local history while revealing their entanglement with contemporary political issues. Osodi belongs to a generation of photographers who want to represent their country from a Nigerian perspective; authorship is therefore central to his practice. “I feel that it’s high time we as a country see this diversity as a point of unity in Nigeria rather than something that divides us,” Osodi has said.
Nigerian, b. 1974, Lagos, Nigeria, based in Lagos, Nigeria