The Fall of Ogo
Ogo is the fourth of the divine eight Nommo who are the progenitors of humanity, and he is the agent of disorder in Dogon myth. He rebels against Amma, the Dogon creator deity, and tears himself from Their primordial unity. Rampaging through the universe seeking his female twin, he descends to Earth, which he defiles, and then mounts two celestial journeys back to heaven to steal more of Amma’s spiritual principles. In his final journey to heaven, Ogo steals four souls from another Nommo. As punishment, he is mutilated, and he falls through space to Earth. Grasping for the filaments of Amma’s creation, Ogo loses his ability to return to heaven forever. On Earth, He is transformed into the Pale Fox.
In the photographs of Infinite Essence and Cosmologies, Owunna leverages his training as an engineer to explore the nuances of darkness and light. He employs ultraviolet strobes, painted fluorescent backdrops, and carefully hand painted nude bodies of Black models that only glow under ultraviolet light. When he then photographs the models in total darkness, the shutter snaps, and for that fraction of a second, synchronized beams of ultraviolet light illuminate a glowing scene that reanimates tableaus of creation from the archive of African diasporic myth.