How to Mend a Broken Heart

2013
Ohiri, Karl

In his personal and autobiographical practice, photographer Karl Ohiri often examines aspects of his family history. How to Mend a Broken Heart (2013) is a collection of photographs belonging to his mother, who migrated to the UK from Nigeria in the mid-1970s at the age of 20, and settled in south-east London. Each photograph in the series has been partially defaced by his mother, who has either scratched out or scrawled over her husband’s face with terms of abuse. This series of 22 photographs is part of Ohiri’s ongoing body of work entitled ‘Sweet Mother’, an autobiographical series that spans a five-year period and is concerned with the artist’s relationship to his mother and the process of coming to terms with her death.

  • Artwork Details: 19.5 x 23.5cm
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  • Material description: 21 defaced photographs, 1 wedding photograph
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  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Photograph
  • Accession number: ACC32/2016

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