/ 2019 / Fine Art / Collage
Inspired by Muslim women in Lagos, 'Enshroud' reveals the veil primarily in an abstract sense, observing its forms, patterns, colors and contribution to identity, self- expression and style. Many women who wear hijab feel it is a matter of choice and choose to do so to preserve their modesty, privacy and out of respect for their culture and religion. In the West, the veil has also come to symbolize a position against islamophobia. Nigeria is comprised of a roughly half Muslim and half Christian population, rendering the hijab a very visible symbol of faith and tradition in Lagos.
Medina is an art photographer from California, based in Lagos, Nigeria since 2011. Through collage and photography, her work seeks to avoid the conventionally held, bleak perspective of Nigeria and Africa. Instead, she examines narratives both contemporary and timeless such as tradition, modernity, imagination, truth, identity, globalization, fashion, style, performance and space. Her photographic work has been featured in The Smithsonian Magazine, CNN Africa, Dazed, Refinery 29 among other publications and recently exhibited at the Investec Art Fair in Cape Town and Untitled in Miami.
Awards 2017: First Prize Magnum Photography Award 'Open' category
LensCulture Portrait Award 'Juror's Pick'
Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival
2016: Bozar Expo, brussels, Belgium, Group exhibition 'Dey Your Lane', featuring Funhouse.
2012: LagosPhoto Festival, Seven Days in the Life of Amos.
2011: African Artists' Foundation Female Artists' Group Exhibition, Memory. Spéos Group Exhibition, Galerie Arlatino, Arles France, Boxed. Internship with Philippe Bachelier, assisted with post production team for Sebastião Salgado.
2010: Winner of Challenge Monal French Fencing Federation Photography Competition.
2003: Honorable Mention, Lucie International Photography Awards.