Danielle Udogaranya, Eden, 2023 © The Sims, EA Courtesy of the artist
Danielle Udogaranya. Seeing Me, Seeing You, Seeing us
October 18 - November 26 2023
FOTO/INDUSTRIA VI BIENNIAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY ON INDUSTRY AND WORK
Bologna and Ravenna, Italy
Danielle Udogaranya, known as Ebonix, is a multifaceted content creator, gaming connoisseur, and 3D artist. Her artistic focus lies in portraying groups of faceless individuals, endowing them with a distinct identity. However, unlike her previous works that utilized in-game photography, Ebonix has embarked on a new journey, harnessing the power of digital avatars. What sets this exploration apart is the shift from the real world to the virtual domain, where stereotypes continue to manifest, paradoxically distinguishing between the 'norm' and the 'exception.' Ebonix's ingenious creations bridge this divide by crafting avatars that enable those belonging to marginalized or overlooked categories to finally see themselves represented within the gaming world. This visionary approach underscores the significance of activism and inclusivity not only within tangible society but also in its digital reproductions. In this virtual arena, battles are waged that extend far beyond the ephemeral, emphasizing the enduring impact of Ebonix's work.
Seeing Me, Seeing You, Seeing us takes place at Fondazione del Monte in Bologna and at Palazzo Paltroni in Ravenna, Italy during FOTO/INDUSTRIA.
Danielle Udogaranya (London, UK, 1991)—best known as Ebonix—is a content creator, DE&I Games Consultant and 3D artist. Fuelled by a frustration with the lack of diversity in The Sims 4, she decided to take matters into her own hands by teaching herself 3D modelling and creating hair, clothes and accessories that she felt represented her. Her content quickly led her working directly with The Sims on the addition of over 100 skintones and afro hair, ushering in a generational change for new Simmers. Through her content creation projects create space for black, POC, women, femmes and non-men, Udogaranya has since become an advocate for diversity and representation in gaming and has been featured on Apple, BBC, Vice, The Verge, The Guardian, and many more.
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