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Ohiri, Karl

How to Mend a Broken Heart

In his personal and autobiographical practice, photographer Karl Ohiri often examines aspects of his family history. How to Mend a Broken Heart (2013) is a collection of photographs belonging to his mother, who migrated to the UK from Nigeria in the mid-1970s at the age of 20, and settled in south-east London. Each photograph in the series has been partially defaced by his mother, who has either scratched out or scrawled over her husband’s face with terms of abuse.

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