The exhibition is inspired by Orisa Ori. A prime Yoruba Orisa (Deity) who governs the destiny of every individual according to Yoruba Culture. This exhibition explores the various forms of Ori veneration through a mixed range of art mediums.
This online exhibition is in celebration of UK Black History Month 2020 and aims to give recognition of the Yoruba-Africans, who are the largest group of people from Africa in the UK.
The exhibition was curated by Abeke Coker

Yoruba tradition believes Ori is an individual’s first and most important Orisa. Ori is symbolically our physical human head but in spiritual terms, it is means a portion of the inner soul that determines one’s destiny and life journey.

An Òrìṣa (pronounced Orisha) is an entity that possesses the capability of reflecting some of the manifestations of Olodumare (Creator of the Universe). Orisas are believed to be intermediaries between humankind and the supernatural and are revered for having control over specific elements of nature, and are often referred to as ‘Deities’, ‘Divinities’, ‘Gods’ or Irunmole’s.

Traditional Yoruba’s believe that the development of a nation is akin to the development of a man or woman. Therefore, the personality of an individual must be developed to fulfil his or her responsibilities. This is can be attained with the guidance of ones Ori.

Ori determines who we are and the experiences in our lifetime. Our character, unique abilities, our relationships, our children, our health and even wealth.

Orisa devotees strive to obtain Ase (An affirmation used in greetings and prayers, as well the power to make things happen) through Iwa-pele (patience, tolerance and humility), and in turn they experience alignment with their Ori, which results in inner peace and fulfilment in life.

Ori o, Ori o, je kin se temi
Ori o, Ori o, je ki temi di re. Ase.