As the University moves classes, libraries, museums and more to cyberspace, so too is the department of art and art history.
The department’s next exhibit, “The Wall is a Given,” a final thesis exhibition presented by Jude Anogwih to fulfill the requirements of his master’s degree, will be documented and presented in an online exhibition at a future date.
Anogwih’s mixed media works, while grounded in the vibrant gesture of color, have an inescapable three-dimensional component. He makes marks with duct tape, graphite, charcoal, pastel and acrylic on unstretched, gessoed canvases and on found objects.
“I am concerned with painting as a structure of accumulation … of metaphors, forms, marks and found objects,” Anogwih said. “This is not dissimilar to memories, embedded on walls of old buildings or family photo albums, and constructed spectacles such as the favelas in Brazil.
“With varied media, including duct tape,” Anogwih said, “I spin around an amalgam of dreams, intentions and experiences in sequences that are structurally layered in unpredictable new stories. I strive on a constant basis in my artistic research to conceive ideas that merge lived experiences, my imaginations and the realities of general life to a point of convergence.”
Anogwih’s work has been shown internationally and nationally in many exhibitions including “Videonale” in Lagos, Nigeria; Biennale Jogja XII in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; “Shifting Africa,”Mediation Biennale in Poznan, Poland; “Analogue Eye-Video Art Africa” at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa; Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte in Minas Gerais, Brazil; the 5th International Festival of Video Art in Camagüey, Cuba; and “Imagined Communities,” Golden Thread Gallery in Northern Ireland.
He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala and won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship in Kassel, Germany, among other awards. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network Lagos.
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