Artist Bio

Taiye Idahor lives and works in Lagos Nigeria. She studied Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology Lagos Nigeria and graduated in 2007 with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in sculpture.

Taiye has worked consistently and significantly within the concepts of identity and women using “hair” as a visual language in her work. Tangled through the issues of trade, beauty, the environment and globalisation, she examines how these factors build the woman’s identity including hers in today’s Africa but in particular Lagos Nigeria where she has lived most of her life.
Idahor uses collage, drawing, sculpture and mixed media to contemplate these ideas through the lens of memory, culture and modernity.

Her work  embodies an absence through the voids and the empty spaces that are apparent in her collages but they only express the her constant questioning of the issues she is exploring while leaving room for the audience to also contemplate them. Her frequent use of female faces including her own is a direct confrontation to the issues surrounding women in Nigeria, their daily struggle with culture and tradition in the modern world.
Taiye Idahor has exhibited both locally and abroad, recently her works were included in the inaugural exhibition of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town South Africa, works which also form part the permanent collection of the institution. Other recent exhibitions include Okhuo, a solo exhibition at Tyburn gallery London, Ori meta, odun meta, ibikan, ISCP New York city, and the first edition of the Lagos Biennial; Living on the Edge in Lagos Nigeria.

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