Etinosa Yvonne is a self-taught visual artist and documentary photographer who works with photography and video to create awareness of social issues through the power of storytelling, as well as expressing herself through her work.
Her most recent exhibition It’s All In My Head was hosted by The Fence, Brooklyn last year. This project explored the coping mechanisms of those who had experienced terrorism and violent conflict, specifically focusing on her home country of Nigeria where there has been an increase in terrorism over the last 20 years. Etinosa layers portraits over images of the subject’s coping mechanisms to raise awareness of the need for psychosocial support following traumatic incidents.
This year Etinosa has been working on Protect Thyself, a project that explores the global shortage of essentials during the Covid-19 pandemic. She reimagines everyday objects as protective measures against the virus, such as a bird’s nest for a mask or lemon juice as hand sanitiser, drawing attention to the lack of these essentials in certain areas.
Etinosa’s work with It’s All In My Head and Protect Thyself led to her being named one of World Press Photo’s 6×6 Africa Talents for 2020.
Etinosa is one of the contributors to our Black Heroines learning resource.