GO FIGURE artist Toyin Ojih Odutola reimagines black experience in her radical drawings. Her interview with Vogue's Dodie Kazanjian as well as British Vogue's Zadie Smith gives readers a look into how her life and background have shaped her extraordinary art.
You may also notice that Odutola's portrait in Dodie Kazanjian's article is photographed by Alec Soth, another GO FIGURE artist currently on exhibition at the Pizzuti Collection.
"Standing amid these portraits is like entering a Nigerian novel written by an African Edith Wharton."
“If all we’re known for is our pain and our struggle, what does that say? I don’t want young people to feel that is the only way they can talk about themselves, through that lens. Black stories can be ridiculous. Black stories can be silly. They can be problematic. They can be mediocre and remarkable. They can be boring. Can we have that privilege now? Instead of having to be exceptional all the time? That was the aim of this whole saga—just to see that."