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Laolu Senbanjo Blasts British Artist for Poaching Nigerian Art

In an open letter, Nigerian visual artist, Laolu Senbanjo calls out Damien Hirst for creating a carbon copy of an Ife sculpture in his latest collection without crediting the source.

This morning, Nigerian visual artist, Laolu Senbanjo, sent out a letter he wrote to British artist, Damien Hirst, calling him out for appropriating Nigerian art in his latest collection "Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable,"currently on display at the Venice Biennale. Hirst—who is currently the U.K.'s richest living artist—created a replica of the Ife sculpture, "Ori Olokun," but failed to credit Nigeria or Ife as his source of inspiration.

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