Glasgow International 2020

Adebusola Debora Ramsay

Adebusola Debora Ramsay (b. 1983 in Lagos, Nigeria) lives and works in Glasgow. Her developing art practice features bold colour and textural detail. She’s also exploring the concept of racialisation, its intersection with other forms of oppression, and inter-generational trauma. Ramsay’s abstract paintings are a therapeutic endeavour for which inspiration comes from Yoruba art, architecture and the weave/pattern-making of traditional cloths such as Aso-Oke, Kente and Adire from West Africa. Other influences include Bauhaus, Impressionism and Expressionism.

Ramsay is also a co-lead on Black History Month walking tours commissioned by Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights, highlighting the historical links between Glasgow’s built heritage and the transatlantic slave trade and chattel slavery, empire and colonisation.

Yon Afro Collective: Najma Abukar, Layla-Roxanne Hill, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay

(Re)imagining Self and raising consciousness of existence through alternative space and (re)imagined place


Featuring Najma Abukar, Layla-Roxanne Hill, Sekai Machache, and Adebusola Debora Ramsay, Yon Afro Collective (YAC) seeks to amplify the lives of women of colour in Scotland and tell stories which are often ignored.

Its latest project will consider how the Black Other is viewed. The installation will challenge the concept of positive initiatives, the performance of being ourselves, and align women of colour, Scottish and artist identities.

By presenting this alongside sculptural and other visual material, YAC examines our existence as resistance within social, political and geographical environments.

This exhibition has been self-funded by Yon Afro Collective members, with support in kind from Govanhill Baths Community Trust and Transmission.

Fri 20 April – Mon 7 May
Mon – Wed & Fri, 1.30pm-6pm
Thu, 2pm-8pm
Sat, 11am-5pm

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