Ope Lori uses lens based media to draw the viewer in through the ways that looking dynamics, are turned upside down, from positions of power to powerlessness, from being passive spectators to consciously viewing participants. She is interested in the use of aesthetics in making visually pleasing screen images, but is also drawn to non-aesthetic spaces and strategies, that draws the viewer into the work, by experiencing the image through desire and pleasure.
"My works are purposely thought provoking and challenging, through my explicit use of stereotypes in re-presenting dominant social narratives."
Born in 1984 Ope Lori lives and works in London. She had her first solo show 'Eye Have The Power' at the WAC Gallery London in 2011 and was then featured as an up-and-coming artist in magazione Diva. She exhibited in the Santorini Biennale in Greece in 2012 and was part of the WW Solo Awards in 2012 & 2014. Building on earlier successes, in 2013 she had her second solo show 'I Want Me Some Brown Sugar', sponsored by the Arts Council England at the 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning London. This exhibition put her work on an international stage. In 2014 she then exhibited in 'Possession', a show on black womanhood at the New Shelter Plan Gallery, Copenhagen. Since then she has shown her work alongside internationally world revered artists, such as Kara E Walker and Ayana V Jackson, in shows such as 'La Parole aux Femmes: Women Speak Out'' (2014/15) at the Foundation Blachere, France.
She completed her practice based PhD in 2014 at Chelsea College of Arts (University of Arts London), where currently she teaches as a Lecturer in the Fine Art department, as well as holding a lecturing post at Leeds College of Art.
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