Ope Lori

The Lines Between Us

Ope Lori is responding to Autograph's new commissioning project Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other with a performative moving image work exploring the shared lineage of a philosophy book with her father. Find out about Lori's practice and the new work being created.

Ope Lori, After All, Sometimes Just Changing The Point Of View Can Transform The Landscape , 2016

Ope Lori, ALPHA AND BETA , 2015

Ope Lori (b. 1984, London) uses lens-based media to investigate politics of representation, race, gender and cultural and sexual identity.

Interested in positions of power and positionality, Lori’s multi-screen looped video installations such as I Want Me Some Brown Sugar (2013) and After All, Sometimes Just Changing The Point Of View Can Transform The Landscape (2016) confront multiple ‘taboo’ subjects – from online pornography to interracial relationships – while addressing complex questions of race and gender and multiple positions around 'difference' by questioning stereotypes deeply engrained in our social imagination.

For the artist commission Lori will respond to the idea of Care | Contagion | Community with The Lines Between Us (2020), a new moving image work that centres around her own and her father’s library, exploring a shared lineage of philosophy books read at different points in their lives. Reflecting on returning home to the family residence during the pandemic, Lori says, "Growing up, [my father] would often use the African proverb ‘when the student arrives, the master will follow’ which unknowingly didn’t make sense until we started to bond over the same philosophical thinking”.

We'll update this page as the commission progresses, join our mailing list for updates. In the meantime, read an introduction to the Care | Contagion | Community project by Autograph's Senior Curator Renée Mussai.

Ope Lori, After Newton (2012)

Part of Care | Contagion | Community — Self & Other

Autograph has commissioned ten artists to create new work responding to the wider context of the Covid-19 crisis. Initiated during the first month of lockdown, Autograph’s curatorial team Mark Sealy, Renée Mussai and Bindi Vora have been in close dialogue with a constituency of creative practitioners in our immediate artistic community. For the first phase, we have invited UK-based artists working with photography, film and lens-based media to create a new small-scale, open-ended visual arts project. The second phase will encompass ten new writing commissions, where each writer – paired with one of the artists – will be tasked to produce a short essay contextualising these newly commissioned works.


Ope Lori’s work has been exhibited at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, London; La Fondation Blachére, France; and at Beaconsfield Gallery, London. She was awarded a PhD from University of the Arts London (UAL) in 2014. She was a Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and Leeds Arts University, she is the author of the forthcoming book, Beyond The Feminine: The Politics of Skin Colour and Gender in Visual Representations (Bloomsbury, 2021) and the director of PILAA (Pre-Image Learning And Action), an arts & diversity company which she founded in 2015.


Visit Ope Lori's website to see more of her work.

Founded by Ope Lori, PILAA (Pre-Image Learning And Action) is a visual arts content producing agency and educational consultancy, that specialises in creating inspirational visual work and training in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion.


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Images, from top: 1) Ope Lori, After All, Sometimes Just Changing The Point Of View Can Transform The Landscape (2016), 2 screen video projection. 2) Ope Lori, ALPHA AND BETA (2015), 2 screen video projection. 3) Ope Lori, After Newton (2012). All images courtesy of and © Ope Lori.