Olu Michael Odukoya, "The Most Beautiful Woman I Had Ever Seen", 2021
CIRCA + Olu Michael Odukoya x 10 questions
Why do you think that James Barnor was under recognised by society for so long?
OLU MICHAWL ODUKOYA:
It has always interested me that the idea of figures in the art world being “overlooked” is often seen as negative, when in fact discovering new work is one of the most exciting things about being an art lover. Both women and black subjects are seen as being overlooked and underappreciated, despite having been depicted in art for as long as art has been produced, and at the moment there is a suggestion that both groups are somehow “trendy” as a subject—this despite the fact that black women have always been the nucleus of black society, which is in many ways more matriarchal than patriarchal. I am interested in using the fact that Barnor’s work was often ahead of its time to produce a collaboration that feels genuinely contemporary and fresh, rather than simply paying lip-service to art and fashion trends.
Secret Life - A book for Sadie Coles Gallery by OMO Creates.
Featuring the work of Jonathan Horowitz and Elizabeth Peyton, and referencing a show at Sadie Coles Gallery, Secret Life is curated to resemble an exhibition in print form. Installation shots are mixed with meticulously-framed artworks, both individual and collaborative; they are contextualised by an interview with the artists which has been conducted by OMO Creates.
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