Lives & Works in Nsukka, Nigeria
Ozioma Onuzulike’s ceramic tapestries explore the historical and sociological roots of political and socio-economic turmoil in Africa. Through his work, Onuzulike also participates in ongoing conversations surrounding the issue of environmental change, and about human’s relationships with the natural world. Onuzulike works with locally sourced clay, recycled glass, and copper wires to create pieces that resemble Africa’s prestige cloths, such as Nigerian Akwete and Aso Oke, and lace, all of which are highly regarded as markers of social status in parts of Africa. The titles of his works refer to a garment and the status of the person wearing it. Onuzulike crafts precious objects, imbuing them with significance as symbols of power and protection.
Onuzulike’s work has been shown at the Armory Show in New York, USA, artgenève in Geneva, Switzerland, and 1-54 London in London, UK; and was also part of institutional shows like at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos, Nigeria and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology of Cambridge University in Cambridge, UK.
Ozioma Onuzulike will be presented by AFIKARIS.