Collaboration with Mette Garfield
For our program COLAB Copenhagen, Odun Orimolade worked with Mette Garfield. Together, they investigated the formation of individual and collective memory by considering the womb as a poetic space, a space where we all have been but no one has a memory of. If memories started before birth, how would they affect our orientations, imaginations and ways to look at ourselves and others? In addressing the importance of archiving, policies, laws and narratives about pre-birth ideologies and their impact on social development, we are confronted with the institutionalised history that we have come to accept and believe. This history informs and shapes our knowledge of the womb, the ways we relate with it and consequently the ways we understand part of ourselves. Odun and Mette undertook a comprehensive research into fables, tales and myths about pre-birth in Nigeria and Denmark, finding out how they relate to each other and how they weave themselves into scientific facts about the unborn.
About the Artist
Odun lives and works in Lagos as an artist and a lecturer at her alma mater. She graduated in painting from the Yaba College of Technology School of Art, Design and Printing, Lagos/Nigeria. She holds a postgraduate diploma and a master’s in Visual Art from the University of South Africa, Pretoria where she is currently pursuing a PhD. She has participated in several exhibitions locally and internationally, including solo shows such as “Facets of a Psyche” at Terra Kulture, Lagos (2006), “A Secret Place”, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, SA (2012) and “Being and Becoming”, Art21 Space, Lagos (2014). Recent group exhibitions have included “WATA don PASS – Looking West” at Lilith Performance Studio, Malmö/Sweden (2015); Ravy Festival, Yaounde/Cameroun (2014), 50th anniversary exhibition, Society of Nigerian Artists, Omenka Gallery, Ikoyi, Lagos (2014), Six Draughtsmen, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, New York (2013) and Come release me, National Pop Up Theatre, Goethe Institute, Lagos (2013).
Some more info on Odum as a visual artist is on this website.