Ogunji, Wura-Natasha
Born 1970 in St. Louis, USA
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Wura-Natasha Ogunji works in drawing, video, and performance. Her hand-stitched drawings on architectural tracing paper are inspired by daily interactions in Lagos, Nigeria. Her performances explore the presence of women in public spaces, labor, leisure, freedom and frivolity. With a practice extending between drawing, video and performance art, Ogunji explores the physicality of the body, our relationships to space, as well as memory and history. Her work is deeply inspired by the daily interactions and frequencies that occur in the city of Lagos, where the artist currently resides, from the epic to the intimate. For Ogunji, the past and future are constantly brought into direct proximity and conversation in this futuristic ever-changing Nigerian city. Ogunji attended Stanford University, where she received a BA in Anthropology (1992), and San Jose State University where she received an MFA in Photography (1998). She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2012) and co-curated the 2018 São Paulo Biennial. Her work has been exhibited at Lagos Biennial; Kochi-Muziris Biennale; 1:54, London & New York; Seattle Art Museum; Brooklyn Art Museum; and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Lagoon, 2019, Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 19.50 x 24 in, Courtesy Fridman Gallery