Àwọn Yèyélórìṣà, Akirè Shrine Ilé Ifẹ̀, 2003.
After I took this picture in 2003, I returned to find the group in 2017.
But for the two women at the extreme left, all the others had transitioned.
Everything had disappeared.
But the Irunmoles have a way of ensuring that we don’t lose everything, even though we might be careless as humans.
When I came in 2001, 2002 and 2003, I worked with these women.
I made hours of videos, hundreds of photographs, and hours of voice tapes of them at work. I also got them to do lots of large and small paintings on canvas.
All these materials are in my garage here in Austin TX.
I gave about 5 paintings to the Denver Art Museum. I also gave them about 20 minutes of video that I edited myself on the old manual tape editor at the University of Colorado, Denver, where I was teaching.
In other words, I documented their works in toto.
When I returned in 2017, and realized that all the women had transitioned, I pulled out the materials on my laptop. And I began training young women in the neighborhood of the shrines to start a renaissance.
This has led to the development of ÀKÒDÌ ÒRÌṢÀ, which is a sanctuary for Yoruba women’s creativity, in Ilé Ifẹ̀.
Ọ̀rọ̀ mi kò jù báyǐ lọ.
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