Ayobola Kekere-Ekun (b. 1993, Lagos) is a Nigerian artist whose practice brings together her interests in advertising, popular culture, gender, portraiture and Nigerian politics. Using a method of paper craft called quilling, she creates seemingly benign images that evoke the frivolities of selfie culture, while referencing more serious topics such as self-perception and self-presentation, voyeurism, escapism and the workings of propaganda.
Kekere-Ekun’s work has been exhibited in multiple group shows in Lagos, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, London and beyond. Her first solo exhibition took place at Rele Gallery, Lagos in 2019. The exhibition was supported by a grant awarded by the Dean Collection, a contemporary art collection created by celebrity performing artists Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz (Kasseem Dean). Her first Johannesburg solo took place at Guns & Rain in 2020, and in 2021 she was the recipient of the ABSA l’Atelier Award.
Watch this video to meet Ayobola in studio.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Visual Arts and an MA in Graphic Design from University of Lagos. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Art and Design at the University of Johannesburg, examining advertising campaigns, place-branding and visual codes deployed by the Lagos state government.
The Crown XII
Mixed Media (Paper, fabric, faux pearls and Acrylic on Canvas)
122 x 91 cm
High Stakes. Suit 1. No 12
Mixed Media (Paper and acrylic on canvas)
51 x 41 cm
High Stakes. Suit 3. No 11
High Stakes. Suit 4. No 8
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