Motivated by the head of an ancient Nigerian Ife terracotta and titled The Statue Also Breathe, the sculpture plays the victim’s face, facial expressions and hair designs.
The mass kidnapping initially sparked global outrage, with the slogan #BringBackOurGirls picked up on social media and celebrities including former US First Lady Michelle Obama urging their return.
A new sculpture exhibition in Lagos commemorates 108 missing Chibok schoolgirls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria in 2014. “In Nigeria, women, boys, men and children have been abducted throughout history, some have recovered, some have been deported to this day and some are still being held captive,” Habibat Balogun, Lagos Girls Coordinator said.
About 160 girls have been relieved, some of them were held captive for years, but the story disappeared from the news headlines long ago.
The French artist Prune Nourry behind this project worked with 108 students from Obafemi Awolowo University.
The missing girl’s family also joined in by providing a photo of their daughter for the portrait.
A sculpture exhibited in an art gallery in Lagos, Nigeria is about to tour the world.
In early December, the country’s national security adviser, Babagana Monguno, said that the military remained committed to the cause, and added it was “an intelligence-driven process that, unfortunately, will be arduous. It’s been eight years since the girls were kidnapped.
This year almost a dozen of missing girls returned amid news that others have died in custody.