‘Na so I waka waka sotey like ajala, I come lost mysef. One day, eyes wake up realize say wetin I dey find dey inside my body.’
For Tyna Adebowale, the city of Amsterdam is a globally international community with a solid and universal queer representation. In her ‘new home’, she started looking inwards for the first time. Together with a community of like-minded people she shares (often very similar) stories about finding a safe place. This has become a great binder for integration for them. Ovba is a new work, consisting of two large drawings and a video, in which Adebowale searches for the stories of queer Africans whose journeys are somewhere between seeking safety, freedom, and finding out what ‘home’ means for LGBTQI+, fleeing a crisis situation borne from homophobia.
Tyna Adebowale (Igarra, Nigeria, 1982) lives and works in Amsterdam. She is a multimedia artist portraying queer bodies, stories and histories. Her work mostly stems from collaborations with the communities around her. In recent years she completed her two-year residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. This includes her native Nigeria, where LGBTQ+ rights are not recognised and same-sex relationships are punishable by law.