Ehikhamenor is strongly influenced by the traditions of the village where he was born, including that of local craftspeople and of the wall paintings and installation arts of Edo community shrines. Classical African motifs and religious cosmology are frequent features within his politically motivated work. Recently, his criticism of Damien Hirst for cultural appropriation went viral during the Venice Biennale where both artists’ work was on view.
Ehikhamenor’s work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions, including acclaimed installations at the 2016 Dak’Art Biennale and the 56th and 57th Venice Biennales. In 2016, he was named one of Ventures Africa’s 42 African Innovators to Watch.
Currently a professor at George Mason University, Habila has been awarded many prizes for his novels and short stories. He has published three novels and started his own publishing company dedicated to publishing African crime and detective novels.
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