In this collection of art, artists’ statements, and essays by and about 75 Nigerian women artists, Bosah reveals a rich diversity in the media, techniques, iconography, and ideas of established and emerging visual artists. Whether reputable installation sculptors, painters, digital photographers, textile designers, or performing artists in Nigeria and the global Nigerian diaspora, or emerging artists immersed in an array of techniques, the artists creatively produce and exhibit forms with passion and commitment. Given the discourse on women artists, invariably womanism, feminism, and distanciation emerge in the voices of the artists and authors. Anti-feminist attitudes appear in the mix. Nevertheless, the abbreviated art historical interpretations, critical analyses, biographies, and the artists’ voices prevail in offering insight into artistic processes, content, aims, careers, cultural and social landscapes, and local/global mobility and engagement; including the gallery initiatives and related patronage that female Nigerian artists and residents of European descent have historically led. The form, imagination, innovation, inspiration, feminism, sexuality, and individualism represented in the art and texts of this collection contribute to the growing literature on Nigerian art and heighten the desire for greater knowledge about the artists, their works, and integral debates.
– Freida High Wasikhongo Tesfagiorgis, MA, MFA, Ph.D, Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita of African and African American Art History and Visual Culture, University of Wisconsin
This is a pioneering work, one that deserves a prominent place on the shelves of corporate, institutional, college, and personal libraries. Bosah deserves our admiration for the courage and resources ploughed into this work.
– dele jegede, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History, Miami University