ARTS OF ZINA SARO WIWA
Zina Saro-Wiwa is an artist working primarily with video but also photography, sculpture, sound and food. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York as well as running a practise in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria where she founded the contemporary art gallery Boys’ Quarters Project Space for which she regularly curates. Saro-Wiwa is one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Global Thinkers of 2016 recognized for her work in the Niger Delta. She was Artist-in-Residence at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn 2016-2017 and in April 2017 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for Fine Arts.
Saro-Wiwa’s interest lies in mapping emotional landscapes. She often explores highly personal experiences, carefully recording their choreography, making tangible the space between internal experience and outward performance as well as bringing cross-cultural and environmental/geographic considerations to bear on these articulations. The slippery dynamics between “truth”, “reality” and “performance” lie at the heart of her video performance work. The very idea of landscape and environment is constantly being interrogated in her video work, in the exhibitions she curates at Boys’ Quarters in Nigeria as well as in her work with food.
Arts and Culture Gallery at the foundation
Additionally, Zina Saro-Wiwa has established an Arts and Culture gallery at the Foundation with paintings from the best artists in the regions and beyond. It is often said that arts thrives in abstract however, this gallery portrays the African Experience and reality so vividly and tangibly that one can almost touch the experience and the message conveyed in the photographs. It not only preserves and projects the African perspective, it also rallies towards genuine freedom, a freedom for which many Africans have fought for and paid the ultimate price-none more so that the icon to whom the space is delivered.