The work of the EQUALS Collective comprises a series of posters, billboards and animations that sensitise attitudes to women of diverse ethnic, religious, racial and sexual affiliations.
Through a series of workshop meetings, the members of the EQUALS Collective defined the basic problems they meet at an everyday and institutional level, the results of discriminatory behaviour and discriminatory legislation: fear of going through certain parts of the city because of their skin colour or religious emblems (the hijab), embarrassment at using their own language (Arabic), the inability of a same-sex couple to adopt a child and difficulties in being granted asylum. Together the members of the collective devise a public campaign in which they speak in the first person about these problems. When these problems are spoken out in public, in an animated video shared on social networks or in posters in city light boxes and on billboards, they cease to be the problems of a given person or a group of people, but are manifested as symptoms of collective identities.
Oniosun Victoria Erioluwa was born in Oyo state in 1998. She is currently a final year student at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. She completed her students industrial training at Opedun Arts Studios, where she was mentored by Damilola Opedun. Her creative process is greatly influenced by many occurrences, experience that all pile up to tell a story majorly about womanhood, girl child, in short she pay more relevance to the female gender the issues affecting them and mostly use this to pass different message. The influence of Yoruba culture is evident in her works also. SheShe has participated in several group exhibitions both physical and virtual.
Painting itself cannot be discussed in it’s totality, we can only try. , expressions, stories all coming together in sync to pass a message. My paintings has been influenced by many occurrences, experience that all pile up to tell a story. I use different mediums to achieve suitable results in an expressionistic way like pastels, oil, acrylic, sand and charcoal. I am always geared up to experiment with different mediums. Through my journey of painting my Major choice of story has been about womanhood, girl child, in short I pay more relevance to the female gender the issues affecting them and mostly use this to pass different message.
My contribution to the outside world has been highly relevant, most of my paintings are therapeutic as they come with messages like hope, strength, beauty, social justice, peace and Yoruba culture included. The influence of Yoruba culture is evident in my works from their motifs, beliefs, dressing e.t.c. The purpose is to create art to beautify, to heal, to preach love, hope, strength and to give back to the world in which ever way I can.
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