Dyad - Sculptures by Sokari Douglas Camp
Date: 23 May 2012Time: 10:00 AM
Finishes: 28 July 2012Time: 5:00 PM
Venue: Brunei GalleryRoom: Brunei Gallery
Type of Event: Exhibition
This summer there will be a selection of sculptures on display at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS by Nigerian born artist Sokari Douglas Camp. An artist who has had exhibitions all over the world and was the recipient of a bursary from the Henry Moore Foundation, as well as being honored as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2005 Honors List. This event is supported by SOAS in celebration of the creation of its new School of Arts (SoA), which will be formally inaugurated in the Autumn.
Camp was born in Buguma, Nigeria, a Kalabari town in the Niger Delta. She studied art at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California (1979–1980), earned her BA at the Central School of Art and Design (1980–1983), London, and her MA from the Royal College of Art (1983-1986).
Sokari’s work is predominately sculpted in steel and characteristically takes inspiration from her Kalibari heritage, as well as drawing on other aspects of African culture. She has worked with the Smithsonian and the British Museum, and her work is in their permanent collections. Her sculptures are also held in other museum collections in Europe, Britain and Japan and in numerous private collections throughout the world. She has exhibited internationally and among her notable solo shows are: Spirits in Steel - The Art of the Kalabari Masquerade at the American Museum of Natural History, New York (1998-1999); and Imagined Steel at The Lowry Arts Centre, Manchester, which toured extensively in the U.K. In 2003 her proposal NO-O-War No-O-War-R was shortlisted for Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth.