British-Nigerian contemporary artist Zina Saro-Wiwa talks with Krannert Art Museum Curator Amy L. Powell about her current work and the exhibition Zina Saro-Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught them How to Dance?

About the Exhibition

This exhibition is the first solo museum presentation of works by British- Nigerian video artist and filmmaker Zina Saro-Wiwa, featuring video installations, photographs, and a sound installation produced in the Niger Delta region of southeastern Nigeria from 2013 to 2015. Drawing upon folklore, masquerade traditions, religious practices, food, and Nigerian popular aesthetics, Saro-Wiwa’s work shuttles between documentary and performance, testing art’s capacity to transform and to envision new concepts of environment and environmentalism.

[Zina Saro Wiwa: Did You Know We Taught Them How to Dance? is co-organized by Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston and Krannert Art Museum. The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. For this presentation, sponsorship was provided in part by the Krannert Art Museum Council. This exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency]