Layo Bright (1991) is a Nigerian contemporary artist who lives and works in New York. She will be leading workshops for the Green Architecture Project in Nigeria and will also provide design expertise.
Layo works predominantly in the 3D realm, video, performance and sound. Recently she has been interested in exploring migrant experiences, and the search for “greener pastures” to Europe and America. With recent attention to the Libya migrant crisis and “modern slave trade” she explores themes of displacement, the failed state of origin, transitory spaces of detention and desired countries of destination. Using materials such as Ghana-Must-Go bags, foam and Dutch-wax print she points to distinct identities, migrant experiences, systemic violence and border imperialism.
Bright has shown at The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Lagos; Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NY; the Skybridge Art Space, NY; and Sleep Center, NY amongst others. She is a Recipient of the Beyoncé Formation (Runner Up) Scholarship. Bright received an LL. B (Hons) from Babcock University, and MFA at Parsons the New School for Design.
The Soul of Nations Foundation (SONF) has received a small grant from the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia for the Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project. The Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project coincides with the U.S. Embassy La Paz Public Affairs Section’s program priority to Strengthen cultural and educational ties between the U.S. and Bolivia through cultural and change programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. The project also falls in alignment with the U.S. Embassy La Paz Public Affairs Section’s mission to promote culture by supporting and facilitating academic exchanges between the United States and Bolivia.
The Soul of Nations Foundation’s Indigenous International: Green Architecture Project is inviting 13 Women Artist Fellows from the United States and Nigeria to connect through a seven-month virtual exchange that will result in two collaborative online exhibitions. All artists and architects involved in the project should be between the ages of 18-35 and identify with an Indigenous tribe or nation. All Nigerian Fellows should reside in the city of Lagos and all U.S. Fellows should be of Native American decent. This program is sponsored in-part by the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria and the U.S. Department of State.
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