"The basis of my photographic research has revolved around identity on an extremely personal level, with my identity as a British-Nigerian female being at the forefront of the projects I have undertaken. The constant battle on the policing of Black women's hair and sexuality for example, are the themes I often explore in my projects.Since the beginning of my practice in question, there has always been a constant struggle when trying to determine where I fit in regards to my work, and within a socio-economical context. Using memory-work as a catalyst for my research, I work hard to develop photographs that speak to both me and others who can relate to my ideas. My main aim is to provide information on the important and sometimes forgotten histories that shaped the West Africa we know today, also bringing attention to the effects of colonisation in Africa and the diaspora. Projects such as ‘Irun Kiko’, give insight in to a very personal journey of self-discovery and my attempt to uncover truths about a cultural history that was not taught in the schools I attended, or even easily accessible when conducting research." 

Juliana Oluwatosin Kasumu is a British-Nigerian artist based between London, U.K and New Orleans, LA. 

Kasumu engages with conversations related to the diaspora and the articulation of cultural identity, through film, photography, writing and public programming. Kasumu's work is largely informed by her own identity as black woman traversing contemporary elements of Black culture to their colonial antecedents. Kasumu is committed to the expression of critical ideas which challenge existing epistemologies of Blackness, honing in on a larger revisionist narrative to reclaim oppressive markers of cultural identity. 

Currently, Kasumu is an MFA candidate in Studio Art at Tulane University (New Orleans), and an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in community-engaged scholarship.

The  "From Moussor to Tignon" photobook can be purchased here

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