Kure, Marcia
Born in 1970, in Kano, Nigeria. Lives and works in Princeton, New Jersey and Abuja / Kaduna, Nigeria
In Marcia Kure’s multimedia works, post-colonialism affect, and the increasing fragmentation of our post-capitalist society assemble and combust. Deploying techniques of appropriation and photo collage, Kure navigates a range of material – normative fashion aesthetics, classic juvenile literature, African masks, and children toys – to reimagine new subjectivities and modes of being: sublime, yet not without despair. Her work has been presented widely, including in the exhibition, Body Talk: Feminism, Sexuality and the Body in the Work of Six African Women Artists (2015–16: WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Lunds Konsthall; and 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz). Dak'Art - Biennale de l'Art Africain Contemporain, Dakar (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012); and Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012). Her work is held in the collections of several prominent institutions, such as the British Museum, London; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Marcia Kure, MAMA (Black Madonna), 2017, (from the Of Saints and Vagabonds series), Collage, 24 karat gold on arches natural white, hot press, watercolor paper, 76 x 56 cm / 30 x 22 in, Unique piece, Courtesy Officine dell’Immagine