Ope Lori (b. 1984 in London; lives and works in London, United Kingdom)
Ope Lori is a conceptual and political artist of Nigerian heritage. She works primarily with moving image and photography, around politics of representation, race, gender and sexual identity, and the female form in popular culture. Playfully re-writing these racialized scripts of looking and being seen, recognition and misrecognition take place through the use of homoerotic images of, and between, black women and white women in visual dialogues. New to her recent work is the incorporation of the male form.
Lori’s practice aims to draw the viewer in through ways whereby looking dynamics are turned upside down, from positions of power, to powerlessness, from being passive spectator to consciously viewing participant. She is interested in the use of aesthetics in making visually pleasing screen images, but is also drawn to non-aesthetic spaces and strategies, that draw the viewer into the work by experiencing the image, through desire and pleasure. Her works are purposely thought provoking and challenging, through the explicit use of stereotypes, which focus on taboo subjects such as inter-racial mixing, gender role-playing and sexuality. All of which stem from the feminist mantra that ‘the personal is political’.
I Want Me Some Brown Sugar
198 Contemporary Arts and Learning London, London, UK
Eye Have The Power
WAC Gallery, London, UK
La Parole aux Femmes
Centre d’Art de la Fondation Blachère Apt, France
Possession. Art, Power and Black Womanhood
New Shelter Plan Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark