Nigeria-based Samuel Nnorom presents his first-ever solo exhibition in the UK this February, following his 2022 residency at The Art House in partnership with the Royal Over-Seas League. The emerging artist spent his time here building upon his use of Ankara fabrics as a catalyst for exploring culture, identity and in particular, his personal experiences in relation to socio-political issues in Africa.
Reinvention and critical questioning are integral to Nnorom’s creative process. Alongside a series of new, bold, and colourful textile sculptures, his exhibition will showcase a series of works embracing new mediums for the very first time, including performance photography and using synthetic latex to emulate skin as a fabric we wear. Key themes of migration and segregation run throughout his work, and the artist has created a new and exciting hanging installation to be revealed, that has been co-created with members of Wakefield’s refugee and asylum-seeking community.
Nnorom has a growing international reputation. He was a fellow at Guest Artist Space (GAS), a fellowship and residency selected by the Yinka Shonibare Foundation in summer 2022, and last December he was awarded the Art for Change Prize by M&C Saatchi and the Saatchi Gallery.
Project generously supported by our partners the Royal Over‑Seas League, with special thanks to Robin Footitt.
Images: Room shots of Samuel Nnorom: The Politics of Immigration and Integration at The Art House
Photo credit: Níamh Donnelly
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