We are delighted to share information about this exhibition: Sokari Douglas Camp’s work in welded steel is on show at Petronilla Silver in London.
The sculptor Sokari Douglas Camp (CBE) works primarily in steel. Her subjects are rooted in Nigeria, where she was born, and show her concern for the environment and human rights – global issues which affect all of us.
On show is a recent group of Sokari’s distinctive metal figures: dancing, fighting, walking, living, all commenting on our dependence on oil and our relationship with the natural world. They are distinctly African, set in a world of recycled oil barrels, tin cans, colourful toy cars and pom pom-like agapanthus. In spite of the apparent playfulness of some of Sokari’s pieces they carry a serious and hard-hitting message, tempered by her trust in human kind.
Sokari trained at the California College of Arts and Crafts, in Oakland; Central School of Art, and The Royal College of Art, London. Sokari was shortlisted for the Trafalgar Square fourth plinth in 2003 and in 2005 was awarded a CBE.
Among other works, the sculptor is well-known for the major public sculpture called Battle Bus: living memorial for Ken Saro-Wiwa and the Ogoni 8 which was sent to Nigeria as a memorial to the activist and writer, Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others, who were executed in Nigeria in 1995. Read some more on this here.
The sculptor has represented Nigeria and Britain in national and international exhibitions over a number of years. Sokari has had more than 40 solo shows worldwide, including those at Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C and at the British Museum, London.
This exhibition at Petronilla Silver ends on December 03. Make an appointment to view the sculptures. See how to arrange your visit here.
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