Ogunbiyi, Temitayo
Born in 1984 in Rochester, New York. Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Temitayo Ogunbiyi uses a variety of drawing, fabric, collage, and installation techniques to respond to contemporary channels of communication in physical and virtual space. Her works are peppered with stories or instructions, from Internet anecdotes to prayers, recipes, and dreams. Her approach is often site-specific, and explores shared forms and histories of growth and pattern – as textile, ritual, celebration, and repeated gesture. Ogunbiyi’s recent work celebrates and draws links between three dominant aspects of contemporary Nigeria –hair braiding, pineapple production, and prayer. Rendered in pencil, this series starts by examining the pineapple's geometry before developing into a visual representation of how these configurations appear in local traditions of hair braiding. The culminating images illustrate prayers. Ogunbiyi’s works have been included in group exhibitions at Tiwani Contemporary (selected by Zina Saro-Wiwa), London (2016); Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Art, Lagos (2013); Pulitzer Art Foundation, St. Louis (2012); and Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (2012).
Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Life Will Be Purposed (Whole), 2016, Pencil on paper, 46 x 60 cm / 18 x 24 in, Courtesy the artist and TAFETA