Jekein Lato-Unah (b. 1996) is a multi-disciplinary artist born and bred in Lagos, Nigeria. Originally self-taught, she decided to undergo informal training in pottery and performance art. Jekein is a visual storyteller who marries different mediums of artistic expression. 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.
Jekein has been nominated for Outstanding contribution to the Arts and Culture in the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos and won SME100 Nigeria’s 25 under 25 awards for her invaluable contribution to the Arts, Crafts and Culture. Jekein studied Performance Art at the Goethe Institute where she refined her visual and conceptual analysis of art and her environment. Subsequently, she was a participant and Art director for “A Day Exhibition” by Jelili Atiku at the Art House Foundation Residency. She was an exhibiting artist at “It’s not Furniture”; the Temple Management Company’s debut art exhibition held at Omenka Gallery and a part of an all female exhibition titled “The Female Form” held at the Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria for Lola Shoneyin’s Ake Festival.
Her most popular bodies of work “Displacement” and “Self-love” strongly refers to the artist’s on-going research and discoveries in the slums of Lagos and the celebration of women who have come to love themselves. 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.