Zina Saro-Wiwa is one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers of 2016

Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 8.29.32 PMIn December 2016, Zina Saro-Wiwa was recognised as one of 2016’s Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magazine. Nigerian activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was killed by the state in 1995 after protesting oil extraction in Ogoniland, his home region. Now his daughter, Zina, uses art to demonstrate how environmental destruction has informed Ogoni “emotional, social, and spiritual ecosystems.” She spent two years documenting the tribe’s rituals and aesthetics, culminating in her first solo exhibition, which ran through March in Houston. It included a video installation of Ogoni dancing around pipelines—the lively and powerful contrasted with the inorganic and inert—and the first-ever photographs of the Ogele, secretive performance groups that emerged in the 1980s wearing masks that celebrated opposition to the oil industry. Saro-Wiwa’s art, the Village Voice said, showcases “the gesture of masking, in all its eerie strength.”

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