WURA-NATASHA OGUNJI 


Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman? 2013. Photo: Ema Edosio
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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).

 

SELECTED PERFORMANCES 

2015

Sound Man and the Sea 

2014

Queen Sweep and Elizabeth Olowu’s Journeying, Whose Centenary?, Curated by Inês Valle, Igun Street, Benin City, Nigeria

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt. Directed by Storm Janse van Rensburg, Frankfurt, Germany

Can’t I just decide to fly?, Live Art Festival, Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town, South Africa

Sweep and Paint Like a Man!, Call & Response, Antioch College, Dayton, USA

Sweep, The Hemispheric Institute, Montreal, Canada

2013

Twin, performance drawing with Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, MoCADA, New York, USA

beauty, The University of Texas, Austin, USA

Sweep, Yari Yari Ntoaso Symposium, Accra, Ghana

Queens, Bar Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?, Sabo, Lagos, Nigeria

beauty, Obalende Motor Park, Lagos, Nigeria

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Washington, USA

Radio Kaduna, The Menil Collection, Houston, USA

2012

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

2011

Oyibo!, Projects on Ashburn, College Station, USA

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, Women and Their Work, Austin, USA

Sweep, Catch Takes Fusebox, Fusebox Festival, Austin, USA

Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman, and Okokojiya (in collaboration with artist Jelili Atiku), Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria

There are drummers coming for me, The Ancestor and the Archive performance panel, Women and Their Work, Austin, USA

2010

one hundred black women, one hundred actions, Fusebox Festival, Austin, USA

Incidents at the 22 Hotel, The Off Center, Austin, USA

2009

Ife head arrives, National Performance Network, Knoxville, USA

by a quiet sea, Frontera Fest, Hyde Park Theater, Austin, USA

T.A.G., Frontera Fest, Hyde Park Theater, Austin, USA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn

2015

Statues Also Love, 50 Golborne African Art Gallery, London UK

Africa: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek

No Such Place: Contemporary African Artists in America, Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, New York, USA

DISGUISE: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, USA

2014

That’s not the Atlantic (There’s a disco ball between us.), Arthello Beck Gallery, Dallas, USA

Six of one, half dozen of the other, DiverseWorks, Houston, USA

Your heart is clean, MASS Gallery, Austin, USA

Future Reflexions, The Arches Glasgow, UK

Noise, Portuguese Cultural Centre, Luanda, Angola

2013

Six Draughtsmen, MoCADA, New York, USA

transFiguration, Big Medium at Canopy Gallery, Austin, USA

Time to Pretend: Constructions of Heritage, Memory & Belonging, First Floor Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe

2013

Moving Pictures, brand 10 + x art space, Fort Worth, USA

No one belongs here more than you, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

2012

The Progress of Love, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis, USA; The Menil Collection, Houston, USA

Lettering, Medialia… Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York, USA

New Works, Cliff Gallery, Mountain View College, Dallas, USA

2011

Queer State(s), Visual Arts Center, UT Austin, USA

Selfless. Selfish. Selfiness, brand 10 art space, Fort Worth, USA

Video Program 006, Champion Gallery, Austin, USA

Somewhere/Nowhere: You can live in paradise forever, Queen’s Park Gallery, Barbados

Nowhere Near Here, Fotofest and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, USA

The epic crossings of an Ife head, Women and Their Work, Austin, USA

2010

Currents 2010, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe, USA

As Far As the Eye Can See, Galería Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico

ves·sel, The Brennan Gallery, New Jersey, USA

2009

Screwed Anthologies, labotanica, Houston, USA

Soundings, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, USA

Négritude, Exit Art, New York, USA

2008

Delicacies, Charles Dana Danforth Gallery, University of Maine, Augusta, USA

Women’s Work, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami, USA

2007

New American Talent: The 22nd Exhibition, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, USA

¿Y QUÉ? Queer Art Made in Texas, Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech U, Lubbock, USA

2006

The Yoruba Influence, ISESE Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, USA

2005

Artistas en Residencia, La Galería Principal, Altos de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic

2003

The Messengers’ House, Alto Street Art Barn, Santa Fe, USA

 

SELECTED SCREENINGS

2014

My father and I dance in outer space, Afrikaada, L’Image en Mouvement: Re-inventing Narratives, La Galerie Le Manege, Dakar, Senegal; The Jerusalem Show, Jerusalem, Israel; Gallery of Contemporary Art, RAVY Festival, Yaoundé, Cameroon

I heard and I branched myself into the party, Video Commission for David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, UK

2013

We, too, Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece

2012

The epic crossings of an Ife head and My father and I dance in outer space, Lagos Live, Festival of Performance Art, Lagos, Nigeria

My father and I dance in outer space, 5th Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Shams Theatre, Beirut, Lebanon; Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France

My father and I dance in outer space, Two and The epic crossings of an Ife head, Body and Screen, Gaddis Geeslin Gallery, SHSU, Texas, USA

Two and My father and I dance in outer space, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany

Two, Moving Picture, PS122 Gallery, New York, USA

2011

Two and The epic crossings of an Ife head, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, Mobile Archive, Holon, Israel

Two, Goethe-Institute, Curated by Video Art Network, Lagos, Nigeria

My father and I dance in outer space, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia

Two, Video Art Festival /SI:N/ 2, Palestine

The epic crossings of an Ife head, SCREEN Projects, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Austin, USA

My father and I dance in outer space, Carousel Microcinema: GLOSSOLALIA 5.0, The Kitchen, New York, USA

Two, Ybor Festival of the Moving Image, Parallel Studios, Tampa, USA

2010

The epic crossings of an Ife head and Two, The 23rd Annual Instants Vidéo Numériques et Poétiques, Marseille, Martigues, France; Milan, Italy; Damascus, Syria

The epic crossings of an Ife head and Two, Carousel Microcinema, threewalls gallery, Chicago, USA