‘Cost of Freedom’ by Emmanuelle Iroakazi is the winning entry to the LGBTQIA+ competition run by the Arts SU in collaboration with not just a shop, to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History Month.
Read what Emmanuelle has to say below about her work below.
“I used leaves, vines, flowers and plants to signify growth and rest. The green leaves and nature anchor the Nigerian Flag colours. Hidden between the leaves are sleeping/lifeless faces resting in complete comfort, juxtaposing with the bright, colourful eyeshadow. The six people mirror each other creating symmetry and balance within the piece and guides the eyes of the viewer. The prominent figure shows a man wearing a traditional Nigerian head wrap, print, light makeup and jewellery. The conventional female headwrap is worn by the male lead challenges the perception of gender-based clothing and garments—the play of femininity dissects the gender social construct through bright colours and expressionism.”