(b. 1989, Lagos, Nigeria; lives and works in Staten Island, New York)
AGAPE, 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist
AGAPE is a meditation on interdependence. As my father often recites, “No man is an island, entire of itself.” These past few months have represented a personal moment of deep introspection and revelations on the things that matter most. To accurately capture that in an image is a lifelong quest, but solemn gestures and tender moments like these offer a useful language on what it means to be together but apart right now.
Stephen Obisanya is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.