Soji Adesina

Gods and Goats

Gods and Goats series, is a fictional visual narrative that combines the realities of cultural appropriation, post-colonial influences and cultural hybridization which is fast dominating as a result of globalization. Conceived as a long-term series, the body of work visually investigates how the combination of western and indigenous aesthetics have come to create a new sense of identity for Africans. These acrylic renditions feature male characters with vibrantly coloured, well-manicured hair, moustache and beards, and some with facial scarification from the Yoruba ethnic group of Nigeria. In doing this, the works bring to the fore, the contradiction of the African cultural essence with the aspired perception of sophistication based on demonstrated affiliation with foreign Western culture.
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