Layo Bright's practice explores her relationship with lines of identity migration and trade. She maps her experiences, literally and figuratively as an African woman within and outside the African continent and diaspora.
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Exhibitions and Awards: Originally from Lagos, Nigeria (1991), Bright attended the Nigerian Law School in 2015, going on to complete an MFA at Parsons in New York, where she is currently based. She has exhibited extensively in the United States and Nigeria, and in 2018 was awarded the International Sculpture Center’s 2018 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award
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At the forfront of Bright's dynamic practice is culture and legacy. She celebrates African ancestral links and cultural heritage, shown through facial scarification that is referenced in the “ife” heads of her tribe. The “gele” fabric is a type of head tie used by West African women, and which Bright’s mother wore on various occasions. Bright's artistic gift is that she can take these culturally significant icons and combines them into an entirely new object. One that is as beautiful as it is filled with meaning.