Tobi Onabolu is an artist and writer who works in an interdisciplinary and collaborative style across moving-image, poetry, and performance, with a base in Grand Popo, Benin Republic.
Interrogating the process of inner child reconnection, Tobi uses his body and lived experience as a conceptual point of departure. His practice is concerned with expanding consciousness through space and across time as an avenue for personal, collective, and planetary healing. Playing with breathwork, movement, and dance, his work evokes the ethereal, considering humans beyond their physical form, as energetic and spiritual beings.
He holds an MA in African Studies from SOAS, with a thesis on his great uncle, Aina Onabolu, the founding father of Nigerian modernism. He is a Film London Artist Moving Image Network (FLAMIN) Fellow; a G.A.S. Foundation Fellow; and is an Artistic Advisory Board member for Culturescapes Biennale, Basel.
Exhibition and performance highlights include Videotage, Hong Kong; RCA, London; and Royal Albert Hall, London.