Jebila Okongwu

Jebila Okongwu, Banana Sculpture 4 Jebila Okongwu, Banana Sculpture 4

Born in London in 1975, he lives and works in London, UK.

Okongwu’s collection consists of banana sculptures constructed from the clichéd, tropicalized graphics printed on banana boxes which he scavenges from local markets and fruit shops. He uses these to comment on the ‘exotic' identity often imposed on him as an artist of African descent. The banana boxes have been shipped to the West from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. They follow the exact routes of current migrational flows and those before of Atlantic slave trading. They also initiate dialogues on the imbalance of global wealth and the polemics of post-colonial trade.