Jumoke Sanwo

Citizenship:Lagos
Resides:Lagos

I was born in the city of Lagos in 1977 and I began my journey into photography at an early age. I owned my first point and shoot camera in my teens, with this I began my foray into the world of photography first as a means to document everyday life and people around me which later evolved to a need to use this medium to highlight social challenges within the context of being African in the 21st Century. Being a self-taught photographer has afforded me the luxury to explore representation in many different forms, l use photography as a means to observe, engage and narrate my perspective of the world. I graduated from the university with a B.A in English Studies therefore my images are a form of visual poetry evoking a whimsical approach to story telling. My artistic journey is reflected through my subjects in a nuanced depiction of the world through the thread of identity, aesthetics and motion. Through the lens I articulate my purview, while in the outcome I challenge my audience to engage, reflect and deconstruct the varied notions I highlight. I use the inspiration derived from how I am perceived as a reflector on how I perceive others. My work in recent past has placed close attention to social issues with regards to movement/migration within Africa and the challenges peculiar to the female gender especially with regards to physical violation in conflict zones. I am equally fascinated by architecture and landscapes, I have documented major cities across Africa during my travels and I have also explored communities such as Makoko in the city of Lagos , which brings an interesting visual narrative to the stories around rural/urban migration. I currently run an experimental alternate art space in Lagos known as the Revolving Art Incubator.

My artistic journey is reflected through my subjects in a nuanced depiction of the world through the thread of identity, aesthetics and motion. Through the lens I articulate my purview, while in the outcome I challenge my audience to engage, reflect and deconstruct the varied notions I highlight. I use the inspiration derived from how I am perceived as a reflector on how I perceive others.

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