Bright Ugochukwu Eke
Born in 1976 in Mbaise, Imo State, Nigeria. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA
Bright Ugochukwu Eke obtained his MFA at the University of Nigeria in Nsukka, Nigeria in 2007, where he studied alongside El Anatsui. Recycling and environmentalism are important components of his installation works, which are often produced with on-site materials, such as amassed plastic water bottles, and in collaboration with local participants. Focusing on global sociopolitical issues, Eke imitates social structures that bring people into negotiation and that foster connectivity. Eke has exhibited widely on an international scale. In the United States, exhibitions include Environment & Object: Recent African Art at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery in Saratoga Springs, USA in 2011, among other venues, and The Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York, USA in 2010. Further afield, Acid Rain / African Spirit was exhibited at the Ursula Blickle Foundation in Kraichtal, Germany in 2013. In May 2015, his work will be included in the Africa-Africans at Museu Afro Brasil in São Paolo, Brazil.
'Drowning', 2008. Plastic water bottles. Dimensions variable. Performance with Natural Connections, Arnhem, Netherlands. Courtesy of Axis Gallery