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Photographer Àsìkò is Using Identity and Culture to Shake The Art World

November 13, 2019

Ade Okelarim a.k.a. Àsìkò is a visual artist who expresses his ideas through the medium of photography and mixed media. Àsìkò is a self-taught photographer and he focusses his art on issues of identity and culture.

Àsìkò was born in London, went later to Lagos for his formation.

His work is constructed in the narrative that straddles between fantasy and reality as a response to his experiences of identity, culture, and heritage.

Àsìkò uses his distinct way of seeing the world to create portraiture constructed narratives for clients within the fashion and music industry.

His project “Layers” was featured on the BBC and Huffington Post and exhibited at the South Bank in London. His recent project “Adorned” was recently exhibited at The Gallery of African Art in London and made up his first solo show at Rele Gallery in Nigeria.

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