Saturday, September 12, 2009
I want to go to Osogbo!
After seeing the images that Ajala sent to me this morning I said "That does it. I'm going to Osogbo." I know that Osogbo, in Osun State, Nigeria, is an artist colony, a center for Yoruba orisa worship, and an UNESCO world heritage site, but I had no idea that the art was so wonderful, and omnipresent, until Ajala began to enlighten me! Nothing that I had read, or seen in books, prepared me for the fantastical & whimsical approach that the artists in Osogbo have developed. And they have seamlessly maintained continuity with the traditional arts of the past as well. These photos astound me!