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Láolú “Ìyá Ni Wúrà” (Mother is Gold) Solo Exhibition in NYC
May 6, 2021 - May 9, 2021
Láolú Senbanjo is a Nigerian born, Brooklyn based performance and visual artist, singer, songwriter, musician, human rights lawyer and activist. Having started his career in law, Láolú has always had a desire to help others and reveal their truth. He does this in a way that comes most naturally to him: through his artwork. Over the course of his art career, he has collaborated with renowned celebrities and brands including Beyoncé, Lupita Nyongo, Alicia Keys, Nike, Starbucks, Facebook, Apple and more.
Láolú is guided by the idea that all things — paper, walls, people, buildings, cars, you name it — are his canvas. By placing his artwork on just about any and everything he can get his hands on, Láolú seeks to leave a part of his art and Yoruba heritage wherever he goes.
For the first time since March 2020, Láolú will be hosting an in-person solo exhibition. Láolú created the “Ìyá Ni Wúrà” series (translated to “Mother is Gold”), which pays homage to the Yorúbá culture and Ife arts, as well as makes a statement about the perception of women in Western society.
In Yorúbá culture, mothers are the essential building block of relationships, identities and society. Mothers symbolize familial ties, unconditional love and loyalty. At the moment of birth, two entities are born – a baby and a mother.
The exhibition, which culminates on Mother’s Day, consists of seven (7) pieces showing a pregnant Mother and her child as sacred, saintlike and glorified. Láolú has performed his “Sacred Art of The Ori” ritual, in which he connects with his subject’s ori sha (soul) and utilizes the negative space of the subject’s skin as the “paint.” Láolú also used 24K gold, oil paint, acrylic paint, canvas, photography and colored pencils to create this artwork.
The series honors women and mothers and is a first step by Láolú to challenge the perception of a woman’s place in society as viewed through a Western lens. In contemplating the series, he drew inspiration from pre-colonial Nigerian culture when there was parity between men and women.
Thursday, May 6 – Sunday, May 9, 2021 | Limited availability
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