Taiye Idahor-Profile

studied Fine Art at the Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria where she graduated in 2007 with a Higher National Diploma (HND) after specialising in sculpture. In the last four years, TaiyeIdahor has worked significantly within the concept of identity and women quite unconsciously using mostly recycled newsprint. Tangled through the issues of trade, beauty, the environment and globalisation, she examines how these factors build the womans identity in todays Africa, but in particular, Lagos Nigeria, where she has lived all her life. She continues to explore and focus on the woman’s identity and its effect through time and memory. She also works part time with the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria. She has participated in a number of exhibitions and workshops both home and abroad to include Ravy International Art Festival March 2012- Yaounde Cameroon, An Anonymous Tale- Yokohama Japan 2011, October Rain by SNA Lagos, Nigeria our Nigeria Presidential Inauguration Exhibition Abuja Nigeria 2011, 50 Years Ahead through the eyes of Nigerian Women Lagos and Abuja, and the specially curated section the Dubai Art Fair, Marker 2013. She also recently co- curated the exhibition “El Anatsui: Playing with Chance” with Curator Bisi Silva at CCA, Lagos and had her first solo exhibition Hairvolution in Lagos.

Taiye Idahor-Project


Ivie means beads in Bini. It is a signifier for women and beauty in Benin City, especially the royal family. The Iyoba or Queen mother is a very important title held in Benin. The Queen mother operates with equal power as a senior chief. These women dedicated their entire lives to protecting the king and were instrumental to sustaining the reign of their son. However, wives and mothers of these Benin monarchs are most times left out of history books except Queen Idia who became famous. This project brings to focus women in positions of power in Benin and beyond the palace and can also be seen as a commemoration of Benin women in general in the past 100 years. Using drawings to create an installation of the head adornment worn by Benin queens, the artist explores the ancient city through their coiffure. She appropriates the same adornment worn by Benin women beyond the borders of the palace and the fragility of the material, which brings to light the delicate and sometimes, sensitive issues of women in power cutting across nations and professions.