Etinosa Yvonne

Photographer
   
It's all in my Head
Location: Nigeria
Nationality: Nigerian
Biography: Etinosa Yvonne (b. 1989) is a self-taught documentary photographer and visual artist born and brought up in Nigeria. She works with various art forms including photos and videos.  The primary focus of her work is on exploring and expressing... read on
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It's all in my Head
It’s All In My HEAD - in progress

It’s All In My Head is an ongoing multimedia project that explores the coping mechanisms of survivors of terrorism and extreme instances of conflict and cruelty by using layered portraits of the survivors and the things that they do to help them move forward or otherwise.
 
The project aims to advocate for increased and long-term access to psychosocial support for survivors which in turn will improve their mental health and well-being.
 
In the last two years I have worked with more than forty survivors of terrorism and violent conflict in different parts of Nigeria. It is interesting to note that while these survivors find a way to rebuild and adjust to their new lives, many of them never get to talk about their experiences. Thus, the idea of "moving on” can be considered to be a charade of sorts as they are stuck in the past while trying to start over.
 
A lot of the survivors struggle with depression, PTSD, and vengeful thoughts, while others have found solace in their existence and religion.
 
I started this project to draw the attention of society to the state of mind of some of these survivors.​





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