Magic – An Exhibition of Recent Works by ruby onyinyechi amanze & Wura Natasha Ogunji
From October 3 to 24, 2015, Omenka Gallery will present Magic, a joint exhibition of new drawings on paper and collaborative drawing performance by leading contemporary artists ruby onyinyechi amanze and Wura-Natasha Ogunji.
The two artists redefine how drawing fits into a global contemporary art composition while pushing the boundaries, and seeking intersections where these separate genres overlap and intermingle.
What brings them together in this exhibition is their critical outlook towards the condition of being in transit between places with different languages, customs, material culture and ideas. This ‘in-betweeness’ begins with a critical challenge and an attempt to break it down to locate their own position and construct their own story with new historical and conceptual connections. With a degree of radical nihilism and self-irony, they scrutinize issues such as the politics of representation, travel, migration, as well as domestic and cultural multiplicities.
ruby onyinyechi amanze
ruby onyinyechi amanze’s drawings envision speculative narratives of self-discovery, supernatural existence and spatio-temporal escapism to evoke ideas around cultural hybridity, belonging and displacement. Her drawings and works on paper are influenced by textile design, photography, printmaking and architecture.
ruby onyinyechi amanze was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship in 2012 and has recently exhibited her work at MoCADA (New York, 2013) and CCA Lagos (2013). She is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia) and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. ruby was recenty awarded a residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York (September 2014 – May 2015).
A performance and visual artist who works in a variety of mediums, Wura-Natasha Ogunji is best known for her videos, in which she uses her own body to explore movement and mark-making across water, land and air.
Her current performance series entitled ‘Mo gbo mo branch/I heard and I branched myself into the party’ explores the presence of women in public space in Lagos, Nigeria. Ogunji has received a number of awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2012) and grants from the Idea Fund, Houston (2010), and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2005). She has performed at Centre for Contemporary Art (Lagos), The Menil Collection (Houston) and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (St. Louis). Ogunji received a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, in 1992 and a MFA in Photography from San Jose State University, CA, in 1998. She lives in Austin and Lagos.
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