The culture of a society is in its identity and Juliana Kasumu, a British-Nigerian photographer based in London is providing information on the important and sometimes forgotten histories that shaped West Africa.
Through her project, “Irun Kiko,” Juliana is attempting to reveal truths about a cultural history that was not taught in the schools or even easily accessible when conducting research.
She is also bringing attention to the effects of colonization in Africa and the diaspora.
By exploring traditional hair statements within the Yoruba tribe, Juliana is trying to bring attention to groups of first generation individuals like herself, who often feel out of place in their motherland.
Images from the ‘Irun Kiko’ series have received international acclaim, as it was awarded the Renaissance Photography Prize 2015 for Best Single Image and made the shortlist for the D&AD Next Photographer Awards.
Kasumu is committed to researching and sharing ideas that promote West African culture through photography, publications, and public programming.
Thank you to @CNNAfrica for featuring my project "Irun Kiko" on the gram yesterday. This project was very much the beginning of many things for me, and I am so blessed to be able to continue on with the research through projects such as "From Moussor to Tignon". ✨ . . . #Repost @cnnafrica ・・・ “Before slavery and the #colonisation of West Africa, hairstyles were a sign of identification,” explains photographer Juliana Kasumu. “Hairstyles represented different countries, personal and social values, they were a sign of status in a community, and sometimes even denoted what immediate #family one belonged to.” Photo: @lovekasumu #CNNAfrica