Inferring from Peju Alatise

This week we are looking at art from Nigeria, including the work of Peju Alatise. We have spoken about how art communicates messages and why artists create. We worked out that Alatise often creates to make a statement about a political or unjust situation within her country. 

TASK: Have a look at the pictures below and answer the key questions for EACH PICTURE (use the numbers/titles to help structure your answer).

KEY QUESTIONS:
– What can you see in the picture? Try and describe in as much detail as possible.
– What seems to be going on in the picture?
– Is the picture of children or adults? Men or women? Is it hard to tell? 
– What do you think the artist is trying to say? What could it be about? 

1. Wrapture
2. Flying Girls
3. Missing
4. Nation Interrupted

Remember to proof read your work carefully!

28 thoughts on “Inferring from Peju Alatise

  1. Key questions
    – What can you see in the picture? Try and describe in as much detail as possible.
    – What seems to be going on in the picture?
    – Is the picture of children or adults? Men or women? Is it hard to tell?
    – What do you think the artist is trying to say? What could it be about?

    1.) wrapture
    I can see that there are materials and are people looking at each other with clothes and there is one stranger
    What’s happening in this image is that there is one family and there is only one stranger that they don’t know
    It’s all women because they are wearing headscarves but they have no face which means even if you don’t know a person you should respect them
    The artist is trying to say even if there is the odd one out you should be kind and respect them .

    2.) flying girls
    This art work is about girls that are used for slavery they are all statues are protesting about freedom
    What’s happening in this image is that people are being used for slavery and they want their chance to escape from that
    The people in the image are children that are used for peoples slaves
    The artist is trying to say that people should not be used for slavery or political reasons .

    3.) misssing
    This picture is about people going missing and she is telling you that you should help people even if you don’t know them
    The people in the image are women because they are not getting treated properly so she made this art to say help people even if you do not know it could be about
    Helping people find someone if they are lost .

  2. Questions
    ——————

    What can you see in the picture? Try and describe in as much detail as possible.

    What seems to be going on in the picture?

    Is the picture of children or adults? Men or women? Is it hard to tell?

    What do you think the artist is trying to say? What could it be about?
    ————————————————————————————————————
    Answers
    —————

    Picture 1 (Wrapture)
    ——————
    I can see three boxs and lots of ghosts and one colourful ghost rapped up in colourful material.Its looks like the ghosts are sitting around and looking.
    I think they are ghosts because they wrapped up in white scarfs and colourful scarfs and you can not see the faces.It could be that it does not matter that you are different because almost all of them are wearing white but not the colourful ghost.

    Picture 2(flying girls)
    —————
    In the picture I can see that there are girls with wings and lots of birds.I think that
    the girls are looking at the birds flying away.It seems to be girls in the picture because it’s called ‘flying girls’.It could be about that the girls want their freedom.

    Picture 3(missing)
    —————
    I can see that there are lots of drawings and some missing ones.
    I think that it means that some people are getting treated/used as slaves and they don’t get to do things.I think they are mixture of boys girls men and women.I think its saying you should spent more thing with your family and friends because some of the missing people might have not enough time to do things with their family.

    Picture 4(nation interrupted)
    —————
    I can see people some of them have broken down because they don’t have hands or feet.I think they are having a war between Nigeria and some other place
    I think this because they look very broken down.they look like men and women because they are fighting in war.I think it saying that you should treat the poeple that fight in war with respect because they have to go through a lot of things.

  3. What I can see is girls in scarfs and they are not doing any thing what they are doing is just standing still.wht seems to be going on is that people are in scarfs doing nothing that means they might be dead.I think women in scarfs because men don’t wear scarfs on only women or girls wear them.what the artist is saying is that women are doing nothin it looks like they are dead.

    What I can see in the second picture is that here are bats in the ceiling flying around and there is girls standing still with bats on them.what is going on in the picture is that there are girls standing still with bats on them. It is girls I know because they look like girls.I think the artist is sayin is that these girls might be doing something but there not they just standing still with bats on them.

  4. Pic 1 I think in the first picture that is happening is tha there are three people and I think they are ghosts because they didnt have a face but they are not real people because the don’t have a body or hands or legs because there is lots of dead bodies
    Pic 2 I think I could see dead women flying with the birds I think this is a picture of women’s because they all are tall and they valued all like a fairy 🧚‍♀️ because they have wings so they could fly together
    Pic 3 I think that the last picture is that they painted them with different kind of tones and it’s realy hard to tell because they all are big and small and they kind of look similar to each other

  5. -I can see on number 4 that people are trapped in cages and they been heart
    and no hands they terrified
    – in the picture seems to be people heart trapped in terrible
    cages.
    – it’s hard to tell who did this pictures but I think that a adult drawed this and
    I think it’s a woman.
    – I think the artist is about people getting heart and people cleaning the house and birds gets inside the house and people trying to get out of the cages.

  6. 1.)I can see in the first picture a bunch of people’s clothes floating so it looks like ghosts.
    2.)It looks like a bunch of ghosts are surrounding a ghost that stands out to everyone else.
    3.)It is hard to tell but maybe the one with different clothes is the grown up and is leading the kids’ to something.
    4.)I think the artis is trying to say that people who are famous or more well known are never forgotten but people who are not known are forgotten.

    1.)I can see a bunch of girls blending in with loads of bats in this picture.
    2.)It looks like the girls in this pictures are rather teens or kids.
    3.)I think the artist is trying to say that girls are important too and they can do the same things as boys.

    1.)I can see a bunch of people who have gone missing.
    2.)It seems to be a bunch of missing girls that maybe police officers forgot about.
    3.)It looks like the people in the picture are adults and kids but they look like females.
    4.)I think the artist is trying to say missing people need to be found.

  7. Warpture
    There are lots of cloaks but one is coloured and it stands out.The Peju Alatise has made this because she is saying that weird people need to be respected the same as the richer people.The cloaks might be adults but I don’t know if it is men or woman because their faces don’t show.

    Flying girls
    There are about 8 different girls with wings and cloaks around their waist.I know that the people are children and that they are girls because in the title it is called flying girls.Peju Alatise has made this because they all are servants and she wants to show that people can live their own life and they don’t have to be a servant.

    Missing
    There are a picture of womans and that some are missing. There are three blank sheets and they have nothing in it that means that some lost/missing people are never found and that they are left with nothing.I know that these people are adult woman because they look elderly and that they have hair that men don’t have because they have short hair but they are long hair.

    • Nation lnterrpeted
      This picture has some men locked up and they have broken limbs.They might have had a war because a man got a hole so he got shot.They probably used to be a big nation but now it got Interrepeted.They are men because the don’t have long hair they have short hair.

  8. -What can you see in the picture? Try and describe in as much detail as possible.
    -What seems to be going on in the picture?
    -Is the picture of children or adults?Men or Women? Is it hard to tell?
    -What do you think the artist is trying to say? What could it be about?

    1) In the art, Wrapture, I can see 12 people in cloaks. 11 of them are in white cloaks but there is a colourful one that stands out. I think the picture is of adults , but it is hard to tell whether they are men or women because their faces are covered in their cloaks. The artist made this for a political reason and Peju Alatise is trying to convey a message that people in bad conditions are being ignored.

    2)In the ‘Flying Girls’, the art depicts enslaved women around in a circle. They are praying to god (in a locked room) so that they could be freed. There are many bats flying around and some sitting on the ground. As mentioned before, this picture depicts adult women. The artist is trying to say that women are being treated as slaves and not looked after.

    3)In Missing, I can see 25 squares and 22 of them have faces of girls or boys. But 3 squares in that frame are empty. The frame is colourful and is probably made from paint layering. The girls in the picture are children and not adults. I can say that because of the hairstyles of the girls and can tell that they are not women hairstyles. The same for the boys. During the creation of this amazing piece of art, Peju Alatise must have wanted to show the fact that girls and boys were the same and that some of the people were trying to be separated(look at the missing squares).

    4)Nation Interrupted is a brilliant piece of art by Peju Alatise, depicting the destruction of a place where people are living. The people are being injured(see the hole in the people at the side of this art piece) however, the most bad thing is that some people are dying and also, there is blood everywhere. There is a mixture of men and women(adults) in the picture. The reason the artist made this is because they wanted to show how bad the people were feeling when their houses were being destroyed.

    In conclusion, I know that most of the art created by Peju Alatise is for political reasons. Some of her art clearly shows who it is about but sometimes, it is difficult to tell who is in the art.

    I had to do this now because I did it at home but it was school work so I had to do it in school as well.

  9. – What can you see in the picture? Try and describe in as much detail as possible.
    – What seems to be going on in the picture?
    – Is the picture of children or adults? Men or women? Is it hard to tell?
    – What do you think the artist is trying to say? What could it be about?

    1) In the art, Wrapture, I can see 12 people in cloaks. 11 of them are in white cloaks but there is a colourful one that stands out. I think the picture is of adults , but it is hard to tell whether they are men or women because their faces are covered in their cloaks. The artist made this for a political reason and Peju Alatise is trying to convey a message that people in bad conditions are being ignored.

    2)In the ‘Flying Girls’, the art depicts enslaved women around in a circle. They are praying to god (in a locked room) so that they could be freed. There are many bats flying around and some sitting on the ground. As mentioned before, this picture depicts adult women. The artist is trying to say that women are being treated as slaves and not looked after.

    3)In Missing, I can see 25 squares and 22 of them have faces of girls or boys. But 3 squares in that frame are empty. The frame is colourful and is probably made from paint layering. The girls in the picture are children and not adults. I can say that because of the hairstyles of the girls and can tell that they are not women hairstyles. The same for the boys. During the creation of this amazing piece of art, Peju Alatise must have wanted to show the fact that girls and boys were the same and that some of the people were trying to be separated(look at the missing squares).

    4)Nation Interrupted is a brilliant piece of art by Peju Alatise, depicting the destruction of a place where people are living. The people are being injured(see the hole in the people at the side of this art piece) however, the most bad thing is that some people are dying and also, there is blood everywhere. There is a mixture of men and women(adults) in the picture. The reason the artist made this is because they wanted to show how bad the people were feeling when their houses were being destroyed.

  10. What can you see in the picture?
    In the Nation interruped I can see dead people legs on the floor
    I think the message is be nice to people

    fliying girls
    I think it is dead girls that are flying from the dead it is children adalts with wings
    I think the arrest is trying to say treat people differently

    Wrapture
    I can see people with no face and white clothes but one has a red thing on it
    I think the people with no face are trying to help th girl get back to her family

  11. Wrapture
    1) In the picture I can see that there are loads of people with our faces together.
    There is also one different person with a different colour head scarf.
    2)There is a group of people covered around the different person.
    3) I think there is men and women in the picture and there are adults and children. It is hard to tell because you can’t see the clothes they are wearing or their faces.
    4) I think the artist is trying to say that she is the odd one out and I think this art is created for political reasons.

    Flying girls
    1) In this picture i can see some girls in a circle.
    2) there are some people in a circle and it looks like there are some birds flying in the air.
    3)In this picture I think thye are girls because the title is Flying Girls. I think they are children beacuse the size of them is small.
    4) She is trying to say that they should be treated propaly and not like slaves.

    Missing

    1)In this picture I can see some faces and then some empty spaces.
    2) I think In this picture there are some children and them children are missing.
    3)In this picture I think that there is some children and there are boys and girls. Is not hard to tell beacuse u can see he outline of there faces.

  12. 1)Wrapture:
    In this picture there are different clocks wrapped around but they are all white except from one which is multi-coloured.These cloaks are spread onto three different pieces of paper.On the picture it looks like the white cloaks are staring and judging the colourful cloak.It is hard to tell if they are children,adults,men or woman.I think the Artist is trying to show that maybe everyone is different and you shouldn’t judge them.Or that maybe one person isn’t better than others and we’re all equal.

    2)Flying girls:
    In this picture there are girls with wings staring up at birds.There also seems to be leaves scattered around on the floor around them.
    I think they are all young girls.I think this is supposed to show that some girls want to fly or anyone can do what they want.

  13. 1) wrapture I can see folded material and there is one that stands out because it is colourful and vibrant. I think that she is trying to make the people who don’t stand up for themselves so she did a portrait about them. I feel like it is both because there is some children sized ones and adults but it is hard to tell with gender because there’s no body.I think she is trying to speak for the people who don’t speak for themselves

    2)I can see that there is a circle of girls with birds flying around the girls and they have been froze in place.it seems to be that there isbirds coming through the door and flying in circle.It is a group of little girls with rings it is not hard to tell the message is you shouldn’t make children work

    3)I can see lots of head portraits and there is some missing heads. I think that she wants to show people who have died it is abut boys and girls

  14. I can see more than 1 cloak and one of them stands out more than the other.The one with the colour might be in charge of all the people .They They are huddled around together.It is hard to tell because there is no faces and I think that they are women.She might be trying to say that they are alone and no one wants them.

    2)I can see girls in a circle and birds in the sky flying round and round and it the girls have wings.They might have been trapped or could be servants of other people.It is easy to tell because the have faces and have girl hair which means they are girls.They might be trying to say people might have to treat people equally and show her emotions.

    3)I can see some blank faces and blank body places.Maybe these people might be missing around other places.It is hard to see because there is no eyes or ears or anything from the face .It could be girls because there is girl hair in the picture.She might be saying that people are that for political reasons and for girls are missing.

  15. 1)In this picture I see a gathering of what seems white people but there is one odd one out which is multi-coloured . I think the coloured one is being embarrassed as he is the only one with colour. It hard to tell if it is men ,women or children because they all look the same and have no faces.I think her point is that she is the odd one out and surrounded by people laughing at her and those people refer to other artists.
    3)I see girls in a circle and above them is birds swarming around.It seems they are in somebody house as a slave but they are gathering so they cold protest to stop.It is children due to their size girls and boys used to work as slaves.The point of view that kids should have free will as they are kids.
    2)I can see portraits of people but their are gaps imbetween the paintings.That there is gaps referring to people missing somewhere which means that an issue with kids is happening.It is hard to tell what gender they are because thre is no clues in the picture.She is trying to say that there is people being kidnapped or going missing and it should stop.
    4)People getting trapped and finding it difficult to get out .People are hostages as they are getting shot.

  16. 1.) Wrapture
    Some people with scarfs,however you can’t see the faces and the bodies.
    In the picture the People are not really there.
    I think the picture is about women because women would wear scarfs and it is a lady because men’s wouldn’t wear a scarf.
    It isn’t really hard to tell because mostly women would wear a scarf.
    I think the artist is trying to say that the people’s faces and bodies have gone.
    It could be about someone chopping someone’s head of or someone’s body can be behind the wall.

    2.) Flying girls
    I can see some ladies or teenage girls flying ( that is why it is called flying girls).
    There seems to be some girls or ladies flying or something.
    It is not of children,however it is about teenagers and ladies.
    It is not about men.
    It is not hard to tell.
    I think that the artist is trying to say that there are girls flying or dancing.
    I don’t know what it could be about.

    3.) missing
    I can see some people’s faces,but some are missing ( that is why it is called missing).
    There seems to be people in some windows and some are missing.
    I think there and chidren ans adults.
    It can be men and ladies.
    It is not hard at all.
    I think the artist is trying to say that people are missing.
    It could be about the Black Death because they are probably getting the disease and dieing or getting missing.

  17. 1) Wrapture:
    In this picture there is two different thing there are some white headscarf’s and there is only one that stands out that is the one that is coloured with,red,orange and a slight bit of pink.
    In this picture there is lots of headscarf’s and there is no head or even body.
    In this picture it is hard to tell I think they are adults, and the are women.
    The artist might be trying to say that they are girls who need help.

    Flying Girls:
    In this picture I can see that there are eight girls there, and birds have just came flying through the door they have all birds on them and might need help.
    In this picture I looks like birds are flying EVERYWERE and are out of control.
    I think that they are children and they are girls from the title and because they look like it, and it is hard tell because everything looks the same colour.
    The artist is proboly saying that the girls need help because they are slaves.

    Missing:
    In this picture I can see that there is a picture of some people that you,can’t see.There might be people missing.

    • Wrapture:
      I can see loads of white scarfed figures and one odd orange figure. I think they are meeting up. I thinks they are adults because if they were children they would have been a bit smaller. But if you try and tell from the face you can’t because they don’t show it.

      Flying Girls:
      I can see some girls with feathers around them. It looks like they were cleaning up a house so bacially they were servants. I thinks they are adults but in their 30s…?. I think the artist is saying something about girls.

      Nation interrupted:
      In this pic it looks like some of them got injured, bodies are lying on tha floor maybe some of them are dead. They look like robots to me. I think the artist wants to say something about war or politicians

      Missing:
      I can see people outlines of their face and hair. I think this is about how there are lots of people who come from different backgrounds. It’s men and woman and kid!. I think the artist is tryna say about different people background she wanna make people think “oh that’s cool I shouldn’t be mean to people who are different to me.

      Sheza👻

  18. 1. I can see loads scarves stuck on the wall. I think people gathering up together. I think the the the picture is of adults. My guess is that the picture is of women. I think it is hard to tell, because there are no faces.

    2. I can see some girls with wings in a small. There are girls stood in a circle with birds swirling on top of them which came in through the door. I think the picture is of children. I think there are women. It is hard to tell. The artist is trying to say that these girls need help.

    3. I can see people with with weird hair cuts. People are getting photoed with their hairstyles. I think it is a mixture of adults and children. I think it’s men and women. It is hard to tell.

    4. I can see injured people in a cage. I think people got shot in a war.

  19. 1) Wrapture:
    I think that it is about maybe dead people because the people that are shown in the image have no face.
    I think that this art is made out of fabric and pieces of clothing to create the form.
    The colours of the clothing are all white but the one clothing is orange and red with patterns on it.
    There isn’t much detail in the background because it’s just black with white boxes for representing the people. And there isn’t a lot of detail in the people either because they don’t have patterns on them except for one of them.
    I think that this is made for adults maybe as it has to do with dead people. The artist may be trying to say somethIng about dead people.

    2) Flying girls:
    I think that this art is about girls who are slaves.
    This art may be made of black stone using black paper to represent the clothing.
    The colours are mostly black and a white background. There isn’t a lot of detail however there is some detail in the background because there’s like birds up on the ceiling and leaves and flowers on the floor. This picture may be for adults and children but mostly girls and women since the image is about girls itself. I don’t think that this art has a message towards it or she might be trying to say something about girls.

    3) Missing: I think that this art is about different people because in the picture there are people who are different to each other like they all have different hairstyles.
    This art might be made of paint and black paper shaped as people.
    The colours are black and the background is patterns and picture frames.

  20. 1)l can see scaf tid aroud people but you can not see ther head.
    2)l can see group of fling girls taid to a rop and bards fling on top of them.
    3) l can see different patans.
    4) l can see boys with broken leg,hand and in a Kaig.

  21. 1)Wrapture:you can see scarfs on a wall winterruptefrapped around but there’s a colourful scarf and plan white scarf.they seem to look like people but it’s hard to tell in the photo it’s is very bright and the orange scarf is very bright this photo is very anonymous in my opinion.
    2)Flying girls:you can see girls that have dark leaves and birds around them and they are not free because they are working as house slaves it is hard to know what they are doing it’s very anonymous because I can find out what there doing.
    3)Missing:is a colourful wall with girl heads painted on it is a very strange photo it looks like there adults in the art but the might be girl not woman.they all are different and look older then they are.
    4)nation interrupted:it is based on a war and the nation shut down it is a very dark
    photo it is political and it’s based on the nations slowly getting shut down as you can see they are injured in the photo there is a hole in a persons chest and it also looks like there not free because they are caged in by bars and they look rusty so that could describe that they are there for a long time in my opinion.

  22. Pic 1
    I can see that there is a pictures that has ghost in them but they are not really people because you can not see any parts of there body like there face .
    It seems that there are loads of dead people that has turned into ghosts . I think it is kids becaus the ghosts that looked wrapped up look really big .

    Pic 2

    I can see that there are loads of women standing in a circle with birds flying all around them . It seems that they might be coming up with a potion because if not you would not be standing in a circle . I think in this picture is is adults because they all look really tall and they valued be something like a fairy because thay have wings so they must be able to fly .

    Pic 3

    In this picture I can see that there are all different couloir heads so they must of painted them . It seems that someone has just took a picture of them and they recreated it with different tones . It is really hard to tell that they are adults and kids because they aren’t to small or they are not to big .

    Pic 4

    In this picture I can see that there is loads of people in like cages and there is loads of body parts scattered all over the floor . This suggests that they are really hurt of they have obviously died . In this picture it looks like they are adults because they look really tall and that they won’t be kids because if they were they would be much smaller . I think that the artist is trying to say that the people are really brave and really strong .

    By Lacey

  23. 1) The wraptor is different to the Nigirerian artist cause this is not about god its about scaring away any harms. That the ghost are trying to scare away the evil spirits. I think this picture is for adults because it has ghost .
    2) this flying girls picture is about the girls that about slaves and they use to go to people’s houses and do there work for them and it wasn’t fair.
    3) This picture is for all of the people because it’s about different people and different types of people are there but what I can see is only girls .
    4) I can see people who want escape that place because they have been injured. I know that because there is limbs on the ground and people are trying to escape from the cage. I think this is for all people because there is both genders in the photo. I think the artist is trying to make the people believe that they are not the only ones who are in this position.

  24. Picture 1)
    In picture one I can see a different coloured ghost but there is only one of them.Also there is lots of white ones.
    In the picture what seems to have happened is people have run through a wall and died and become ghosts.
    In the picture there is 1 child and many adults. I think there is a mix of men and women but it’s it impossible to tell.
    I think the artist is trying to say that society is breaking down and people are becoming stressed.

    Picture 2)
    In this picture i can see girls with wings and lots of black and grey birds above them. In the picture it seems the girls are making a plan to escape because they might be trapped in a place.
    In the picture the people are children and they are girls and it’s not hard to tell I know this because of the name of the picture.
    I think the artist is trying to say girls have been kept in captivity and never been let out.

    Picture 3)
    In this picture I can se many different faces and different backgrounds.
    I think in this picture I think people are trying to say that everyone is equally the same.
    I think the people in the picture and adults and they are men and women but it’s hard to tell.
    I think the artist is trying to say that everyone is equally the same and we should all respect everyone the same.

    Picture 4)
    In this picture I can see dead body’s trapped in cages .
    In this picture people seem to be dead and some crying and some trying to escape. I think the picture is of adults and they are men and women but it’s very hard to tell because they are grey. I think the artist is trying to say that war is happening and people are trying to escape it but 5ey is no way to.

  25. There are a lot ao different people in the picture and one of them is coloured.
    It looks like they are leaving some place or going some where.
    It is hard to tell but it looks like adults and it looks like wemen.
    I think she is trying to say that a lot of people are being used as slaves .

    I can see a lot of people and birds and leaves
    It looks like they are flying because they have wings and they are close to the birds.
    The picture is of children and girls who are flying.
    I think she is trying to say the girls want to leave slavery an get freedom.

    In this picture I see a lot of different peoples heads and a lot of colours.
    It looks like people are vanishing or dying.
    It looks like a mixture of both adult children boy girl man ang women.
    I think she is trying to say people die of slavery and are going missing.

    It looks like people are poked in a cage and are injured.
    It looks like there is a war and a lot of people are getting hurt .
    It’s hard to tell but I think it’s women and adults.
    I think she is trying to say we need to stop war because of death.

Leave a Reply