FROM MOUSSOR TO TIGNON: THE EVOLUTION OF THE HEAD-TIE
From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-Tie, a photography exhibition by Juliana Kasumu, opens with an artist reception on Saturday, January 7, at the Musical Bridges Around the World (MBAW) Gallery. The exhibition, which is in partnership with Dream Week and Olaju Art Group, continues through March 3.
Kasumu is a British-Nigerian photographer based in London, who uses conscious imagery to highlight the interconnectivity of women, culture and fashion. Her subject matter is chosen based on a quest for personal knowledge concerning issues related to Africa and its diaspora. By interweaving cultural research and stunning portraitures, she is able to express critical ideas with the intent of educating her audience. Her photographs have been exhibited to raise awareness to less spoken narratives by women of colour.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Birmingham City University, Kasumu created an on-going series exploring traditional hair statements within the Yoruba tribe in West Africa. Images from the ‘Irun Kiko’ series have received international acclaim, most recently the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 for Best Single Image and making the shortlist for the D&AD Next Photographer Awards. ‘Irun Kiko’, based on Kasumu’s final year dissertation, served as the springboard for her career as a visual artist.
In her most recent body of work, ‘From Moussor to Tignon’, Kasumu further expands on her cultural investigations from behind the lens. While serving as the 2016 Olaju International Artist-in-Residence, she has been able to develop both research and traditional, film developing techniques. Working towards reaching a larger audience of women sharing similar stories has been a driving force behind her creative direction. As a contemporary artist, Kasumu provides viewers the opportunity to engage with images that demystify preconceptions of black women and their bodies.
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