The Political Face of Art

HOW  A US BASED NIGERIAN ARTIST IS USING HIS ART TO OPPOSE DONALD TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION BAN. 

Laolu // Source: Zikoko.com

Laolu // Source: Zikoko.com

Very recently,  artists have been using their works to influence different causes. Artists of different types use their own platforms or canvases to speak about what's close to their heart.  Musicians write lyrics about controversial political issues,  some are even jailed for that,  script writers write plays and movies about these issues, poets write and recite poems about the issues people shy away from, painters and people who draw also make art depicting these social causes and issues. That's exactly how Nigerian artist Laolu expressed his opposition to recently announced the immigration ban.

Laolu's Art in response to the wall  // Source: theyoungempire.files.wordpress.com

Laolu's Art in response to the wall  // Source: theyoungempire.files.wordpress.com

Laolu and Actress Taraji P Henson wearing on of Laolu's custom jackets 

Laolu and Actress Taraji P Henson wearing on of Laolu's custom jackets 

Laolu says everything is his canvas and from the look of his work,  that's definitely true. Laolu focuses a lot on body art, abstract and Aztec patterns. He paints and draws on skin,  interprets on jackets, on shoes, on guitars, on practically everything. In fact, Laolu is famous for partnering with Nike in creating a different breed of sneakers, more abstract, more African and more Artistic. He is also famous for doing the body art in Beyonce's highly acclaimed 'Sorry' video. Laolu is Talented and he has a voice and most importantly, his religion does not cloud that in any way which is exactly why he created an impression of the Statue of Liberty in an African way. Impressive right?

Laolu's body art

Laolu's body art

Laolu's work on a pair of Nike sneakers 

Laolu's work on a pair of Nike sneakers 

Us based Nigerian singer Jidenna wearing a custom jacket by Laolu 

Us based Nigerian singer Jidenna wearing a custom jacket by Laolu 

The issue of the immigration ban has erupted a lot of arguments, fights and protests but it has also given some artists another aspect to not only show how talented they are, but how much the issue means to them. They have used their art to influence politics and Laolu, a Muslim by religion is first a citizen of the world and an artist by nature. 

At has many faces and as life has evolved, the way artists interpret politics in Art has also evolved.