At 23 years old, Lato-Unah, a Nigerian visual storyteller who marries different mediums of artistic expression, sometimes all at once, is a prodigy becoming. She has created a world of color, of form, of pattern and vibrancy which compels you to stare for a while. Jekein inscribes her paintings with networks of jigsaw-like patterns forming a remarkable technique coined Jekeinism.
Her pieces celebrate women, frown upon the oppression of women and dismantle constructs. She aims to tackle and break down how detrimental patriarchy is to the evolution of the human race and especially, women.
Her recent practice has involved participating in performance art workshops and mentoring young female artists in West Africa. She is currently completing a degree in Law from the University of Lagos, Nigeria.
Her works can be found in private collections around the globe - Manhattan, Malta, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Athens, Qatar, Sweden, and Johannesburg, to name a few.
For years, my works intent has been primarily about the complex lives of women within diverging religious, socio-cultural and political systems. I believe there are uncountable moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring refuge. It is in finding these moments amidst the stress or beauty of each passing day, that my life as a woman corresponds with my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of the lives of women throughout time, seem remarkably unchanged.
I strive to produce authentic work in a world where everything is staged.