London // Re-Introducing Oshun: Art Nude Exhibit “Through the Lens of an Orisha” | Oct. 7-17
An all female collective will take over London’s Shinobare Studios October 7th through 17th, summoning the spirit of Oshun — the kind, West African Goddess of love, intimacy, beauty, wealth, and diplomacy with a ferocious, though seldom-used, temper.
Through movement, visual arts, and poetry, Re-Introducing Oshun will form a discussion centered on black women’s bodies, gender, and sexual expression through the lens of the Yorùbá deity.
Hosted by Yinka Shinobare and curated by Stella Odunlami, the Art Nude Exhibit “demystifies the omnipresent gaze placed on black women’s bodies by, creating images of black women that look, talk, feel and love like us and in doing so presenting our own truths,” creative director Janine Francois explains.
More than the typical “pretty-pictures-on-the-wall” exhibition, the audience will be emerged” into another time, space and reality where black women’s bodies are worshiped as the deacon of beauty.”
One series, ‘Exotic Fruits,’ “aims to be a critique of European colonial and anthropological gaze of African women by giving back their agency.”
The event will close with live performances at Lyric Hammersmith at 8pm.
Monday, October 7, 2013 – Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ Shinobare Studios
Thursday, October 17, 2013 @ Lyric Hammersmith
1 Andrew Road
Hackney, E8 4QL, London
1 King Street
W6 0QL, London
Shinobare exhibit: FREE
Lyric Hammersmith event: £5 (ages 16 and up may attend)\