My photographic series Cosmologies is an extension of Infinite Essence. This series presents a more complex version of the visual landscape I have created with its use of images with multiple figures, painted backdrops, and ultraviolet strobes which emit synchronized beams of ultraviolet light in total darkness to illuminate glowing scenes that animate creation myths from Igbo and Dogon cosmology. Across these images, I sought to extend and use my work as a vessel to revitalize and share endangered precolonial African knowledge systems with contemporary audiences, and it is enriched by engagement with primary and secondary research material from French anthropologists and Igbo diviners.
The works presented here collectively respond to contemporary images of Black death through an investigation of Dogon and Igbo spiritual sciences and ideas about how dynamics of sacrifice and resurrection are embedded in the very fabric and organization of the universe. These works imagine new, illuminated worlds for the Black body through recovering ancient ones.
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