Etinosa Yvonne works across photography and video to document the human condition. She considers photography to be a tool to drive social change and uses visual storytelling to create awareness, educate and inform people about under-reported incidents of societal injustice in Nigeria. Her recent project, It's All In My Head, explores the coping mechanisms of survivors of survivors of terrorism and extreme instances of conflict and cruelty, with the aim of advocating for increased and long-term access to psychosocial support for them. Through layered and collaged portraits as well as written testimonies, she reveals the struggle of survivors to move on from these incidents, as well as the underlying causes of terrorism and conflict in Nigeria.
During her residency at Gasworks, Yvonne has continued to develop It's All In My Head by experimenting with a series of layered sculptures and adding a Pepper's Ghost effect. She has also conducted research into the use of gender neutral clothing among Nigerian men during the pre-colonial era.
On the occasion of her open studios, Etinosa has made some images of her recent project It's All In My Head available to view online:
Etinosa has also made available some images from her new project, Unboxed. She says, 'In Unboxed, I explore the ever changing perception of masculinity as it relates to the outward appearance of men, as well as the limitations that society puts on them which often restricts their expression.'
Etinosa Yvonne lives and works in Abuja. In 2018, she received a grant from Women Photograph for the project It’s All In My Head and in the same year was the winner of the 2018 Lagos Photo and National Geographic Portfolio Review. Yvonne’s photographs have been exhibited internationally and featured in several international publications.
ART X Lagos supports emerging Nigerian artists to deepen the engagement with the African and African Diasporan art community through the annual art fair and endeavors such as the ART X Prize with Access in cooperation with its partner Access Bank.