50 GOLBORNE at Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) 2018: 16th – 18th February
50 GOLBORNE gallery (London) is delighted to announce its presence for the first time at Investec Cape Town Art Fair (ICTAF) from 16th February 2018. On this occasion the gallery will present the first solo show of Nigerian-American artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji in South Africa. It will be located at Stand TT2 in the Tomorrow/Today section of the fair curated by Tumelo Mosaka.
We also have the great pleasure to announce that Wura-Natasha Ogunji will be present at the Fair and has been invited by ICTAF to perform February 16th (time to be confirmed).
Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s practice – through drawings (comprised of hand-stitched figures on architectural trace paper), video and performance art – explores physicality, endurance and gestures of the body; our relationship to geographical, architectural and filmic space; as well as memory and history. Many of her performances highlight the relationship between the body and social power and presence, investigating how women, in particular, occupy space through both epic and ordinary actions.
At ICTAF, the artist will be showing a selection of drawings from her latest exhibition, which took place at the IFA Galerie in Berlin and ended recently on 14th January 2018: “Every Mask I Ever Loved”. This solo show was part of the third chapter of Ifa Galerie’s exhibition Untie to Tie – On Colonial Legacies and Contemporary Societies, an exhibition with the aim of reflecting on the impacts of colonial legacies which continue to globally influence contemporary realities and everyday life.
Eight drawings of 60cm x 60cm will be on show at ICTAF as well as two large-scale four-panel drawings. These works will be hung unframed on the wall, encouraging the audience to examine closer Ogunji’s technique of mixing hand-stitched forms, inks and graphite on architectural trace paper.
A monitor placed in the stand will show a series of videos of Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s performances including “Sweep”, which was originally performed during Ogunji’s first visit to Nigeria - and which she has performed since in different contexts and countries. Other works include “Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?” as well as videos from her iconic series “The epic crossings of an Ife head” in which she appears to fly across the landscape.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji was born in St. Louis, USA and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and an MFA in Photography from San Jose State University. She is a recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and has received grants from the National Performance Network, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund. She recently exhibited in the inaugural edition of the Lagos Biennial (2017) and is a featured Artist-Curator for the upcoming 33rd São Paulo Biennial in Brazil.
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