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This brand-new collection of work from Nigerian-American artist, Toyin Ojih Odutola, demonstrates the power of art as a tool for storytelling, depicting an imagined ancient myth.

Recognising the pen as a writing tool first, Toyin Ojih Odutola’s work starts with storytelling, using drawing as a way to weave narratives through art. Using pastels and charcoal, the artist uses her practise as an investigation, inviting the viewer to piece together the fragmented narrative she lays out for them.

Working in a methodical way that is reflective of an author or a poet, she creates imaginary worlds and stories that sit somewhere between the fantastical and the familiar, structurally playing with the ideas of episodes or chapters.

The artist’s reference points range from ancient history and pop culture to contemporary politics, contributing to a collection of work that represents an imagined ancient myth. The exhibition also features an immersive soundscape by artist, Peter Adjaye.

Barbican Art Gallery

Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS

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