Victor Ehikhamenor on Damien Hirst’s ‘Golden Heads’ 

Popular british artist Damien Hirst’s Vienna Biennale exhibition “Treasures From the Wreck of the Unbelievable” reimagines artworks as debris from a fictional shipwreck discovered off the coast of East Africa in 2008.

Ori Olokun, a 14th century bronzehead from Ife was said to have been appropriated as one of Hirst’s original pieces and tagged ‘Golden Heads (Female)’

Victor Ehikhamenor, veteran artist and also a participant at Venice Biennale called out the artist’s lack of attribution 

View some of his comments below;

The British are back for more from 1897 to 2017. The Oni of Ife must hear this. “Golden heads (Female)” by Damien Hirst currently part of his Venice show “Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” at Palazzo Grassi. For the thousands of viewers seeing this for the first time, they won’t think Ife, they won’t think Nigeria. Their young ones will grow up to know this work as Damien Hirst’s. As time passes it will pass for a Damien Hirst regardless of his small print caption. The narrative will shift and the young Ife or Nigerian contemporary artist will someday be told by a long nose critic “Your work reminds me of Damien Hirst’s Golden Head”. We need more biographers for our forgotten. #ifesculptures #classicnigerianart #workbynigerianartist #ifenigeria #lestweforget #nigeria #abiographyoftheforgotten

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“Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable” is on display now at Italy’s Palazzo Grassi in Venice and will remain on view until December.


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