ARTIST PROFILE: Jenevieve Aken
Weaving a Tapestry of Sisterhood
Jenevieve Aken is a Nigerian photographer/ Story-teller who focuses on social documentary photography, images and representation, and often adopts self-portraiture in her artistic practice. She explores personal experiences and contemporary social issues of identity, sexuality, gender and social roles. She has participated mainly in group exhibition in the past four editions of LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria (2012-2014-2016-2019), The Ford Foundation in conjunction with LagosPhoto Festival in Nigeria (2014), Joburg Art Fair in South Africa (2014), Prisma Human Right Photo Contest in Venice (2015), Grid Cape Town Biennale in South Africa (2015), Rush Art gallery in New York (2016), Photovillenyc Festival in New York (2018), Daegu Photography Biennale in South Korea (2018), Black Magic Women in Italy (2019). Daegu Foundation For Culture in South Korea (2019), Hundred Heroines “Cabinet Of Remedies” London (2020), Hidden_Project/Hidden_Message in Düsseldorf, Germany (2020).
She has undertaken an Artist Residency program with LagosPhoto Festival in conjunction with Neue Schule fur Fotographie in Berlin, Germany (2013), The Villa Lena foundation in Tuscany, Italy (2017), National Museum of Modern And Contemporary Art Seoul, South Korea (2018). Winner at Wellcome photography prize (2020).
Miss Aken lives and work in Lagos, Nigeria.
All images © 2020 Jenevieve Aken