Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. She was born in St. Louis in 1970 and lives and works in Austin, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria.
Her works include drawings, videos and public performances. Her most recent creative investigations focus on the presence of women in public space in Lagos, Nigeria. Selected performances include: ‘A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges’ (Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt); ‘Can’t I just decide to fly?’ (Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town); and ‘Sweep’ (The Hemispheric Institute, Montreal). Her commissioned performance ‘An ancestor takes a photograph’ which recasts the traditional Egungun masquerade with women will be featured in the upcoming Seattle Art Museum exhibition ‘DISGUISE: Masks and Global African Art’. Ogunji is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2012) and has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund. She has a BA from Stanford University (Anthropology) and an MFA from San Jose State University (Photography).