Lives & Works in Oslo, Norway
Nicole Rafiki works mainly across colour photography, beading, and textile, producing sumptuous polychromatic head and body garments that she incorporates in her photographic stagings. Deeply committed to her artistic practice, which she conceives as a holistic therapy and a space of freedom and potential healing, Rafiki explores historical and socio-political issues related with her native country and several other African regions to which she is bound. Dealing with the themes of war trauma, forced migration and the subsequent displacement and loss of identity, perceptions and treatment of Blackness and Black femininity, discrimination, colonial hierarchies, and memory loss and erasure, she uses art-making as a means of remembrance, auto-analysis, inner transformation, and resilience.
Rafiki’s vividly colourful and meticulous images intermingle, and she presents African cultural and religious traditions free from a westernised gaze. Working with male and female models and incorporating fables and visual and oral storytelling, Rafiki also aims to focus on cultural interbreeding and hybridity in the context of identity-building and self-awareness.
Nicole Rafiki will be presented by THIS IS NOT A WHITE CUBE.