Omuku, Nengi
Born 1987 in Delta State, Nigeria
Lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria
Nengi Omuku’s work is inspired by the politics of the body and the complexities that surround identity and difference. With every journey, she considers how human beings position themselves in space in relation to other beings. She considers the ways in which the body needs to adapt in order to belong, constantly selecting and gathering its identity, mentally, physically and emotionally. Her artistic practice has won scholarships and awards, including the British Council CHOGM art award presented by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Commissions include arts council England to paint a mural in an intensive care psychiatric ward in Maudsley hospital, London. Solo exhibitions include S t a g e s o f C o llapse, September Gray, Atlanta (2017); A State of Mind, The Armory Show, New York (2016); A State of Mind, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2015); To Figure an Encounter, Open The Gate, London (2011). Selected group exhibitions include Untitled Art San Francisco, with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, San Francisco (2020); 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London (2019), Hospital Rooms, Griffin Gallery, London (2018); A t W o r k, Arthouse, Lagos (2018); ARTX,Lagos (2017).
Nengi Omuku, Funke 1, 2019, Oil on Sanyan, 91 x 61 cm, Courtesy Kristin Hjellegjerde