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330 Garry Street (4)    Location Map
  

'Portrait of Funmilayo'
Size: 8' X 8'


Location: SW corner Ellice & Garry; North Face

Occupant: Garrick Centre

District: City Centre

Neighbourhood: Portage-Ellice

Artist(s): Chukwudubem Ukaigwe (unsigned)

Year: 2020

Sponsors: Synonym Art Consultation, Graffiti Art Programming, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Signex

 

Chukwudubem Ukaigwe's Artist Bio and links to his website, Facebook and Instagram and Twitter feeds pages can be viewed here.

ARTIST STATEMENT: A powerful portrait of Funmilayo, a woman of Nigerian descent, gracing the public consciousness would be Winnipeg's dream come true. The cyclic background of this painting draws immense angular perspectival attention to her bust. In Yoruba culture, the Head (Ori) signifies presence, essence and destiny. Funmilayo in the public, will get the same attention and reverence gotten by the withering European men that grace the Dollar bill. Chukwudubem Ukaigwe's approach in rendering this painting negates Eurocentric ideas. It centres on a gallant representation of Funmilayo, as opposed to the perverse, western focus on the African torso.

Source: 2020 Wall-to-Wall Mural and Culture Festival notes.