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Oct 23 -
Oct 23 2019

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Great Expectations

The series is eponymous to and is inspired by Dickens iconic novel, Jenevieve was inspired by the eccentric character of Miss Havisham and drawn to the effects of being jilted at the alter on her character and how this affects the wider society. Jenevieve has always being intrigued by how events shape characters and vice versa. She also imagines a situation where Miss Havisham marries and lives a sad miserable and largely unfulfilled life.

Society today, especially in Africa, places huge emphasis on marriage as an institution and this leads to pressures and stress on a lot of women some of whom are successful but yet feel unfulfilled until married. Happiness, love, friendship are all after thoughts. Marriage first.

Dicken’s Novel was a great inspiration and because it was narrated in the first person, Jenevieve felt the need to immerse herself and reinterpret this story in contemporary Africa- Nigeria society, through self-portraiture. Great expectations is a novel full of visual imagery and she decided to model herself alongside the character of Miss Havisham.

Bio

Jenevieve Aken is a Nigerian photographer/visual artist who focuses on social documentary, image and representation, and often adopts selfportraiture in her artistic practice. She explores deeply personal experiences and contemporary social issues as inspiration for her practice.

Often these relate to commentary on tension faced by contemporary African women in certain tribal societies and cultures. Issues of identity, sexuality, gender and social roles feature highly in her work. She has participated in the pass three editions of LagosPhoto Festival having first been selected as a participant of the LagosPhoto Summer School. Jenevieve was one of three young artists selected as a participant in the exchange program at the Neue Schule fur Fotographie in Berlin in 2013. She also participated in the African Artist Foundation’s Female Artist Platform in 2014 in conjunction with Ford Foundation. She has exhibited her works extensively in Nigeria, in South Africa and in Europe and has worked freelance for international clients including Jeune Afrique (Paris) and the Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish embassies in Nigeria.

Miss Aken lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

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