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For Our History & Our Art! Victor Ehikhamenor & Laolu Senbanjo Address Damien Hirst’s Copy of Classic Ife Art Work

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British Artist, David Hirst created art replicas of historical and classical Nigerian artwork. He then, basically, whispered that the work bears close resemblance to Ile-Ife art.

If we hear??? Will you say it louder, Mr. Hirst? Say it louder! Yoruba art. Nigerian art.

Louder…

ILE-IFE. YORUBA. NIGERIAN ART.

Anyway, talented Nigerian artists Victor Ehikhamenor and Laolu Senbanjo are not here for any form of appropriation. After being colonized by the British for so long, our lands raped and plundered, our art work stolen and exhibited in British museums, how can we stand by and watch our history slowly eroded further?

See screenshots of Victor and Laolu’s complaints on social media.

So what can we do to stop things like this happening?

1: Take more interest in promoting our art and culture. If we don’t do it, foreigners will take it and repackage it as their own.

2: Take pride in our history and pass on our stories to the next generation. Imagine your children will thinking the Bronze Heads came from ‘abroad’.

3: Read up on our history and culture. Share the knowledge. Then read some more.

4: Be proud of our history and heritage. Don’t let anybody let you believe our art is primitive.

5: Call out thieves, and people who are appropriate our art.

Having said that, please, abeg… Mr. Hirst, (and other foreigners who think it’s cool to appropriate Nigerian arts and culture) stop IT.

Just stop. Okay?

Stop!

Here’s a review on David Hirst’s exhibition in Art News. We shall say no more.

6 Comments

  1. Lliki

    May 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    This gat to stop! They don’t like Africa and Africans (especially Nigerians), but they like taking what belongs to us.
    What I hate most in all these; is them claiming to own art and even trying to change our own history and culture.

  2. Sisi

    May 9, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Yes – good. Glad this has been spotted and red flag raised.

  3. Tee

    May 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Abeg repost make BBC/dailymail abi CNN carry am. Awon ole!!! All the country wey their early missionaries went to had gold or solid minerals they shipped to Europe. I can’t forget that TedTalk on SierraLeone.

  4. jess

    May 9, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    “Take pride in our history and pass on our stories to the next generation. Imagine your children will thinking the Bronze Heads came from ‘abroad’. They don’t teach History in our secondary schools anymore, No country takes pride in suppressing their History as Nigeria so how will the next generation know about them. These don’t usually trend on instagram and snapchat so…..

    Bella Naija, why don’t you jump start this. Instead of another boring, over flogged column selling what ladies should do to get married or how to make a relationship work and the likes, try “Our History , Our Art Edition”. I did History in my secondary school so I know we have plentttyyyy material. No embellished bullshit, tell it as it is. Until I see something like this on Bellanaija, don’t come and tell us stories of appropriation when you fail to use your platform to remedy that.

  5. Anon

    May 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    COPYRIGHT EVERYTHING!!!!

  6. Ladybird

    May 9, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    it seems that this Damien Hirst is a repeat offender…a number of artists have actually complained of him stealing their works over the years.smh

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