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MoMA is coming to the Niger Delta, and Zina Saro-Wiwa is going to bring it there. But this is not some offshoot of the Manhattan mecca of modern and contemporary art. In this case, MoMA stands for Museum of Mangrove Arts, and it will be a multi-part space, with galleries for local and international art, a restaurant, and a garden. Through this venue, the self-taught, British-Nigerian filmmaker, photographer, cook, and curator will crystallize the remarkable artistic career she embarked upon only in 2010—one that has led to her inclusion in exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum and the Walther Collection Project Space in New York this year, and her upcoming solo show at Illinois’s Krannert Art Museum in November.
Her career stems from many sources, among them her ardent conviction that artists are powerful change-makers—and Saro-Wiwa wants to make change. “We can point the way to what’s actually there in the world, we can change our value systems, we can create new industries, or the basis for new industries,” she says. “That’s what art and artists can do. And that’s what I’m trying to do in Nigeria. Getting people to think about their environment differently.”
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