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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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Fridman Gallery | Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Wura-Natasha Ogunji's hand-stitched drawings on architectural tracing paper are inspired by daily interactions in Lagos, Nigeria. Her performances explore the presence of women in public space, labor, leisure, freedom, and frivolity.

About the Exhibition

Fridman Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of a new body of work by Wura-Natasha Ogunji. At once figurative and abstract, Ogunji’s delicately stitched drawings reflect electric moments in the cosmopolis of Lagos, Nigeria. Using fine, colorful threads, graphite, and ink on layers of architectural tracing paper, her vibrant scenes explore the intermediary potential of drawing. With a lyrical exploration of sensuality, particularly through the visual repetition of disembodied eyes and lips, her fluid style creates a confluence of landscape, form, and conscious connection. This solo exhibition of Nigerian artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji was presented for the first time at The Armory Show 2020 at Fridman Gallery's booth.

Courtesy Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.

About the Artist: Wura-Natasha Ogunji

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.

Ogunji received a Guggenheim Fellowship, co-curated the 2018 São Paulo Biennial, and exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Seattle Art Museum, CCA Lagos, and The Menil Collection. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and an M.F.A. from San Jose State University.

Born in St. Louis, Ogunji lives and works in Lagos.

Exhibition Artwork

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Wura-Natasha Ogunji
I imagined you, 2020
24" x 24"
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Seabirds, 2019
24" x 24"
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Dive, 2017
24" x 24"
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Black girl, 2017
24" x 24"
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Untitled (face), 2007/2018
8.25" h x 7.75" w
Thread, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Untitled (owl), 2007/2018
11" x 11"
Thread, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Untitled (sea), 2007/2018
8.5" h x 8" w
Thread, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
I don't love you anymore, 2020
4 panels, 42" h x 24" w each
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Untitled Drawing 2, 2020
24" h x 24" w
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Untitled Drawing 1, 2020
24" h x 24" w
Thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji
Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?, 2013
Video still
Single-channel digital video
Edition 3 of 5
Courtesy of Wura-Natasha Ogunji and Fridman Gallery, NY.