Saro-Wiwa, Zina
Born 1976 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Lives and works in New York, USA and Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Zina Saro-Wiwa produces works that mine the Niger Delta’s ecosystems and explore ways in which food, folktales, plant and animal life sustain us. Her recent works focus on the human experience of environment undergoing trauma. She re-imagines environmentalism, positioning her work within the internal and emotional landscape, and expanding understandings of the issues of the Niger Delta. In 2017, Saro-Wiwa was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for Fine Arts. She founded the Boys Quarter Project Space and in 2017, she started Mangrove Arts, a new foundation which uses arts and crafts to foster creative engagement with environmentalism in the Niger Delta. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: Montreal Museum of Fine Art (2018), Prospect 4, New Orleans LA (2017), The Walther Collection, New York and Neu-Ulm (2016); solo exhibitions at Krannert Museum, IL (2016-2017) and Blaffer Museum, TX (2015-2016); Bozar, Brussels (2016); Arles Photo-Festival (2016); Brooklyn Museum, NY (2016); UCLA Fowler Museum (2016); Guggenheim, Bilbao (2015); Nikolaj Kunstal, Copenhagen (2015); The Menil Collection, Texas (2013); and the Pulitzer Foundation, Missouri (2013).
Zina Saro-Wiwa, Holy Star Boyz, 2018, Lightbox, Edition of 3 + 1AP, 76.2 x 50.8 cm. Courtesy Tiwani Contemporary

Artists 2018