Emissaries of an Iconic Religion
In my series of portraits ? Emissaries of an Iconic religion? I present a visual context of interpretation by creating dialogue in re-presenting an indigenous philosophical thought system that exist in most west African spaces in syncretic and hybridized forms. In Africa belief systems provide a context for choice and definition while also functioning as a basis for solidarity and community. My main consideration was to create images that capture the subject in its natural/original setting in a timeless fashion that harks to the enduring importance and historical relevance to African society of diviners.
Ifa is the name of a religion and it has spiritual variations found in Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Togo, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, United States Of America, Venezuela and Uruguay.