Taiye Idahor, Hybrid series No. 3, 2015, Paper collage, photograph and pen drawing on tracing paper, 27 x 35 cm. Courtesy the artist and SMO Contemporary Art
Taiye Idahor, Hybrid series No. 3, 2015, Paper collage, photograph and pen drawing on tracing paper, 27 x 35 cm. Courtesy the artist and SMO Contemporary Art  

Taiye Idahor studied Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, where she graduated in 2007 with a Higher National Diploma (HND), specialising in sculpture. In the last five years, a major artistic preoccupation has been identity politics, using hair as a vehicle for this exploration. Embedded in trade relations, beauty standards, the environment and globalisation, hair performs a major currency in defining and establishing female identity. Her intricate drawings explore her family’s connections across generations, and the legacy of her ethnic roots evident in her wavy hair.

Idahor has participated in numerous exhibitions and workshops locally and internationally. She has taken part in four exhibitions curated by SMO Contemporary Art (Standing Out I & II 2016 & 2017, Eko Art Expo 2017, and The Contemporaries 2015). She took part in Timeline, a residency exhibition in Johannesburg South Africa 2015, and held her first solo exhibition Hairvolution in 2014 at the Whitespace Gallery in Lagos Nigeria. In 2013, she took part at the Dubai Art Fair, Marker curated by the Center for Contemporary Art Lagos CCA. This year she has exhibited at Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, and at the Matadero in Madrid.