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Biography of Sokari DOUGLAS CAMP

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Sokari Douglas Camp is a Nigerian sculptor.

"There has never been any doubt in my mind as to how sculptures and masks...should be presented. I always found it strange to be confronted in a museum with a bodiless mask...pinned to the wall. Where was the rest of it?"
- Sokari Douglas Camp, 1999

Sokari Douglas Camp was born in 1958 in Buguma, Nigeria, the principal settlement of the Kalabari in the eastern Niger Delta region. After moving to England at a young age to attend school, the artist completed coursework at the Central School of Art and Design (BA, 1983) and the Royal College of Art (MA, 1986) in London, where she now lives and works.

Well known for her large metal sculptures, she has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her sculptures, some of which are kinetic, evoke aspects of Kalabari culture, especially funerary ceremonies and the festival as a major cultural activity. Throughout her work, Douglas Camp creatively integrates time-honored cultural traditions with contemporary artistic technologies.

Last update : 07/23/2008

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