Sokari Douglas Camp CBE is a Nigerian born artist who interprets forms derived from traditional Nigerian customs – such as ceremonial masquerades, textiles, funerals, regattas, and dances to reflect contemporary concerns. Of particular interest to the London-based sculptor are issues related to colonialism, the division of sexes, and environmentalism, especially the immense pollution of the Niger Delta.
In 2009, Iniva presented a talk by Camp and other artists to discuss and open up a dialogue on ‘cloth and difference’ via a series of cross-cultural and interdisciplinary exchanges.
In 2017, her work All the World is now Richer – a memorial to commemorate the abolition of slavery, was shown in the Venice Biennale ‘Diaspora Pavilion’ – curated by David A. Bailey and Jessica Taylor. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the October Gallery, London (2016), The House of Commons, London (2012), Stux Gallery, New York (2010), Lethaby Gallery CSM, London (2008). Her works are in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo and the British Museum, London.
Sokari Douglas Camp studied BA Sculpture at the Central School of Art and Design, London between 1980 -1983. She went on to complete an MA in sculpture from the Royal College of Art in 1986. She was also awarded a CBE in the 2005 Honours list.
She lives and works in London.