Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Cake to Open at Fridman Gallery in May




Wura-Natasha Ogunji, A Normal Day of Love and Brutality , 2023, thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 24 x 24″

Fridman Gallery is honored to present Cake, Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s first solo exhibition in New York, opening May 12th.

Ogunji works in drawing, painting, performance, and video. The exhibition includes new drawings and a site-specific thread installation, accompanied by a selection of the artist’s early video works.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Hurry! I brought cake, 2023, thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 24 x 24″

In many of her drawings Ogunji explores water as architecture – lagoons rendered in ink, stitched lines of a river, or the empty space of the paper itself (an imagined expanse of sea). The work also often develops around language. As the artist creates, titles emerge and become the structure determining the form of the pieces.

Stitching the gallery space floor-to-ceiling, the thread installation turns the space itself into a drawing that viewers can enter, a container for collective experience.

Ogunji’s early performance videos investigate concepts of migration, border crossing, homeland, and longing. The artist crawls across the hard earth with water bottles tied to her ankles, jumps over water, levitates above outer-space or seafloor landscapes, leaves marks in parched soil with hands and feet wrapped in stones and thread.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji,The one where we’re all together, 2023, thread, ink, graphite on tracing paper, 24 x 24″

Wura-Natasha Ogunji (holds a B.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and an M.F.A. in photography from San Jose State University. In 2012, she was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship to create a series of performance videos about the presence of women in public space in Lagos. Ogunji’s works are in the collections of the Smithsonian African Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, University of Texas, and Kadist Foundation. She participated in the 2022 Sydney Biennial, the 2020 Stellenbosch Triennale, the 2018 São Paulo Biennial, and the 2017 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, and exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, and other institutions. Ogunji’s durational performance video Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman will be on view in the exhibition A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography opening on July 6, 2023 at Tate Modern in London.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: Cake will be on view from May 12 to June 17, 2023 at Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, NYC. An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, May 12 from 6-8pm. An Artist Talk will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 6pm (Please RSVP).

Take a look back at ruby onyinyechi amaze and Wura-Natasha Ogunji: you are so loved and lovely at Fridman Gallery in 2019.