O Nommo (Nommo of the Pond)
In Dogon cosmology, the third of the created divine Nommo was the Nommo Semi (Sacrificed Nommo), who was ritualistically sacrificed by Amma, the primordial Dogon creator God, to purify the universe following the wicked deeds of the Nommo Semi’s twin, Yurugu. After killing Him and creating the planets and stars with His blood and body, Amma then resurrects Nommo Semi. Resurrected, Nommo Semi descends from the heavens in a celestial ark with humanity and all plants and animals. He lands on Earth with Sirius shining above Him, and exits with all living beings following Him. Nommo Semi then enters the first pond on Earth, where He takes the form of O Nommo (Nommo of the Pond), and proliferates life and the cosmic principles of Amma on Earth.
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.