Niyi Olagunju confronts the notion of representing cultural tropes. On view are his new works made from shells
of ekpiri seeds. These are typically strung together as beads to create anklets worn in Igbo dance. Stringing
these seeds in rows, the artist gilds the seeds in various precious and semi-precious metal leaves to conceal the
earth tones of these objects. Minimalist invocations of dynamic subjects, the series demonstrates Olagunju’s
propensity towards reconfiguring historicized matter.
About Niyi Olagunju
British-Nigerian, b. 1981, Ifo, Ogun State, Nigeria, based in London, United Kingdom