Nifemi Marcus-Bello Casts Empathy in Bronze

Photography by Erik Benjamins. Image courtesy of Marta, Los Angeles.

Empathy is at the core of Nifemi Marcus-Bello’s practice. The Nigerian designer makes works that enter into quiet communion with their user, highlighting intentionally sourced materials and time-honored rituals of production. The Introvert’s Chair, Marcus-Bello’s contribution to the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, features a high screen of traditionally woven raffia that wraps around the sitter in a protective embrace. His M2 shelves, 2022, are made from African mahogany and a powder-coated frame that maintain their structural integrity primarily by “leaning on one another for support.”

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