Chris Ofili ‘Afro’ 2000

The decorative aspects of his work are underpinned by wit and an engagement with issues of racial prejudice and cultural stereotypes. The afro is a motif Ofili uses as an ironic symbol of power and pride. The simple portraits that make up the word ‘afro’ are all subtly different, but Ofili’s use of them as a repeated decorative element or pattern plays on the cliché that all black (or other ethnic) people look alike to someone outside their racial group.

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