Toyin Ojih Odutola — Rethinking Empowerment as Political Narrative

Toyin Ojih Odutola’s new installation A Counterveiling Theory, which opened in the Barbican’s Curve gallery on 11th August, is an experimental and deeply original work that entwines speculative futurisms with ancient history and archaology. Her story is told through a series of intricate, and often monumental, drawings, done in pastel, chalk, and charcoal, that weave a narrative in which traditional gender and racial social roles are subverted. Ojih Odutola opens up possibilities about the visualisation and distillation of power, as figures…