Lemonade: Beyoncé features Laolu Senbanjo’s Body Art | See Photos

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Star singer, Beyoncé ‘s recently released her visual album,
Lemonade , and it features art from Nigerian-born , Brooklyn-
bred artist Laolu Senbanjo. In the monochrome section entitled
Apathy, Beyoncé is seen with a small amount of body art; white
dots have been delicately placed above the curve of her
eyebrows and dragged from her lower eyelid to her cheeks. It
looks very fela-esque in the way that it’s done.

Laolu Senbanjo calls his body painting artworks Sacred Art of
the Ori. He noted that the art originates from an ancient practice
of a spiritual Yoruba ritual.

“IN MY LANGUAGE, YORUBA ‘ORI’ LITERALLY
MEANS YOUR ESSENCE, YOUR SOUL, YOUR
DESTINY,” LAOLU EXPLAINS IN HIS ARTIST
STATEMENT. “WHEN I WORK WITH A MUSE,
THE MUSE, THEIR ORI, AND I BECOME ONE.
IT’S THE DEEPEST, MOST SPIRITUAL
EXPERIENCE I’VE EVER HAD WITH MY ART AS
AN ARTIST.”

Beyoncé’s background dancers are also seen wearing intricate
white body paint while riding in a metal bus and moving to the
album’s fourth track, “Sorry .”
See below behind the scenes Instagram post from Laolu . Great
great stuf! This makes it 2 beyonce albums in a row that
features art from a Nigerian. The last being a spoken word piece
from Chimamanda Adichie on Flawless , featured on her self
titled album.

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