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Yoruba, Benin, Nigeria 

Only  available as digital print of the original 


There are copper and bronze portrait sculptures of deities and royalty found in Ife, a part of Yoruba history that have a striking visual character. They are unique in having line marks etched down the entire length of the face and they make me think of facial scarification practices across Africa.

This portrait of a friend was inspired by those scarification techniques. In ChiShona these markings are known as "nyora", the same word for writing, the parallel with my work in calligraphy is an obvious appeal.

Nyemwerera - Reprint A3 poster

  • A3, 300 gsm commercial print paper

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