Masqueraded Memoirs

Tolu and Ade Coker


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71 St Marks Road,
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Inspired by the photo and video archives of their late father, Kayode Coker, multiple award-winning fashion and textile designer, illustrator and multidisciplinary artist, Tolu Coker and her brother, photographer and filmmaker, Ade Coker,  present a film and discussion event.

The siblings will curate, through film and documentary, the stories of past and present key community members and residents through a raw, unfiltered, and unadulterated account of the music, political and carnival culture existent in the North Kensington social housing communities.

Their father, Kayode Coker was a social activist, photo-journalist and valued community member who grew up in Abeokuta and Lagos, Nigeria before residing in the North Kensington estates for over 30 years before his passing. The film draws on the perspectives of different generations to highlight how changing social landscapes have influenced new notions of identity.

The film screening will be followed by a 30 minute talk and Q+A with Tolu Coker.

About Tolu Coker

Since graduating in 2017 from Central Saint Martins University with first-class honours in BA Fashion Design with Print, Tolu Coker’s work has amassed extensive media attention and won several awards in addition to being picked up by teams/stylists on behalf of artists, some of which include Rihanna, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Steff London, Burna Boy, Tiwa Savage, Missy Elliot, Mr Eazi, Zebra Katz, Olly/Years and Years, The Gorillaz and Grace Jones. The past year has been particularly rewarding; as well as being a finalist and winner of multiple international awards across fashion, textiles and art categories, Tolu presented her debut London Fashion Week show winning Fashion Scout’s AW19 Merit Award. She undertook a 3-month artistic residency in Shanghai, and worked on features and commissions by brands and outlets including Vogue, Vice, American Express, Diesel, Illy Caffe and Swatch.

Tolu Coker

Last year she was selected to exhibit in Nigeria at the Lagos Biennial. ‘Masqueraded Memoirs’, a collaboration with Ade Coker, focused specifically on Nigerian Diaspora identity, and was developed over the past few years.  The body of work spanned across four generations, and included a film, photo series, fashion collection and wall-sized tapestry mural featuring printed, woven and embroidered portraits from waste material.

Tolu received a Westway Trust Training and Professional Development Grant towards the costs of her attending the Lagos Biennal.

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. LAGOS, You have my WHOLE heart ❤️🙏🏽 Words can’t even describe what an amazing trip it was to be back in Nigeria after 11 years! Couldn’t think of a better soul to collaborate with on this body of work that honours our Father’s legacy than my incredibly talented brother, @adecokercola. Ade and I poured our hearts into this and it was so humbling to see the touching ways in which people have responded to it. Thank you to all the beautiful souls that made this trip so fulfilling and the @lagos_biennial for being home to our special project. To the incredible curators @tosin.oshinowo @antawanbyrd @uptown_boho and Director @folakunle_oshun you are all so amazing and I feel blessed to have met you all. @tosin.oshinowo you amazing and inspiring human, thank you for making my stay so comfortable and complete. To all the talented artists and people behind the scenes that I connected with, thank you for sharing years, laughs and pure divine energy. It was such an honour and some beautiful relationships have been birthed. To our incredible team @jeanettesuleiman @jerry_pradon @anaiszero and the amazing @ohalice___ you have my utmost respect 🙏🏽 And all the sponsors that made this possible @kodak @cinelablondon @westway_trust @sujimotong . . Masqueraded Memoirs’ will be exhibiting till 30th November 2019 at the Lagos Biennial, Independence Building, Lagos Island, Nigeria. #Art #Illustration #YoungDesigner #Style #Blackmen #Conscious #Fashion #Beautiful #London #Models #Drawing #Ink #Fashion #Sustainable #Design #Photography #Artist #afro #Instaart #Afrobeats #Identity #Blackartists #Textiles #EmergingDesigner #Creativity #Blackwomen #Nigeria #AdeCoker #ToluCoker #LagosBiennial #Filmaker

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71 St Marks Road,
London W10 6JG

020 3579 0384

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Nearest tube: Ladbroke Grove Station (4-minute walk, 0.2 miles) Circle, Hammersmith & City Lines

Nearest train station: Paddington Station (40-minute walk, 1.7 miles). Step-free station.

Bus routes: 7, 23, 52, 70, 228, 452
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