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Chioma on "Ihe collection one"

We take a close look at Chioma Ebinama’s Ihe collection one, made from hand-dyed rice paper and ink while in residence at Canal Street Market.

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“Ihe (pronounced EE-heh) is the Igbo word for 'thing'. It can be used to describe a concrete object or an abstract idea. The drawings were created in response to the conflict of creative production while enclosed in a space dedicated to consumption.”

— Chioma Ebinama

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“The drawings reference anthropological imagery of Central and West Africa, particularly 18th and 19th century sculptures, made of found organic materials, that were used to ward off evil spirits—and Europeans. ”

— Chioma Ebinama

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