This exhibition includes work and artistic interpretations by students in the College of
Charleston’s Yoruba Culture and Lowcountry Connections Class, taught by Dr. Ade
Ofunniyin. The course examines the rich contributions made by Yoruba people to the
arts, culture, and worldview of communities of people within Western Atlantic countries
and the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Students explore how these influences impact,
shape and have been shaped by the histories and cultural values (social, political,
religious, philosophical, and aesthetic) of Yoruba peoples throughout the African
diaspora. The Yoruba have been extremely productive in the production of a variety of
art forms and media. The class studies contemporary works of art created by artists
from Ile-Ife, Osogbo, and Oyo, Nigeria, and surveys works created by artists from Cuba,
Brazil, and the USA. They are studying artifacts and objects associated with the worship
of the òrìsà (the Yoruba gods), following the Yoruba religion from its roots in West Africa
to the western Atlantic, and exploring several artistic principles and nuances practiced
by contemporary artists of Yoruba descent in cities in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and
Students include: Michael Alessi, Liann Brown, Julia Carricker, Ian Couzens, Taysawrha Green, Paola Hazel, Courtney Hicks, Nia-Semone McIntyre, Tristin Poole, Esperanza Sierra, Leandria Simmons, Oliver Wade, and Baridapdoo Wiwuga.
The section below provides an introduction to the Woke exhibition and the Anson Street African Burials project, which served as the initial inspiration for the exhibition.