Creating a safe space for black women in her NFT art
“In 2021, I quit my job as a lawyer in a reputable law firm. At that point, I had no plan and no money. My friend gave me a Foundation invite, which was hard to come by. In just two days, I’d sold two art pieces for more than what my yearly salary at that law firm would have been.”Such opportunities, largely exclusive to the web3 environment, arise from its democratized nature. This evolution emphasizes a user-centric approach where individuals possess and exercise greater autonomy over their personal data and identity, connecting with their audience directly and sidestepping traditional intermediaries.
Her art, however, is not just about aesthetics but carries a profound message. “Ultimately, I’m trying to build a safe space for black women to explore our experience," she shared.
"Often, the web3 space focuses on identities that are not ours. I aim to create a space for that, so my art zooms in on the representation of black women, tackling aspects of our mental health, sexuality, and culture.”
Much of Yinkore's artistry beautifully incorporates facets of Nigerian culture. Take, for instance, the Si éré series which shines a light on the Ijaw tribal fisherwomen. Pieces such as “Comfort Foods” and “Exchange” vividly capture the essence of Nigerian market scenes.
A recurring theme in her work is the lived experience of black women. Through her art, she portrays women in moments of relaxation and self-expression of their sexuality, while also highlighting the challenges they face in what she describes as a male-dominated society.