Temple Muse presents Artist Talk: Beauty in Contradiction with Wura-Natasha Ogunji this weekend. It will be an afternoon of stimulating conversation with artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji as she explores the contradictions experienced through “dreams,reveries and imagination” often referencing the daily interactions and frequencies that occur in the megacity of Lagos.
Wura will be in conversation with Papa Omotayo, creative consultant and founder of A White Space Creative Agency (AWCA).
Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: Temple Muse, 21, Amodu Tijani, Off Sanusi Fafunwa, Victoria Island, Lagos
Entry: Limited Seating. Kindly RSVP
According to the curators, SMO Contemporary Art, Ogunji uses strong cultural iconography, such as familiar Ife head sculptures inserted into modern conversations and spaces, connecting past and present. Her exploration of physicality, endurance and gestures of the body is expressed through her drawings, performances, and videos which she will discuss in conjunction with her exhibition, Expansion of Time, currently showing at Temple Muse until April 28th , 2017
Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. Her works include drawings, videos and public performances. Ogunji’s performances explore the presence of women in public spaces; these often include investigations of labor, leisure, freedom and frivolity. Ogunji’s work has been exhibited at the Seattle Art Museum; Brooklyn Art Museum; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and 1:54, London. She is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship 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 [1992, Anthropology] and an MFA from San Jose State University [1998, Photography]. She lives in Nigeria and America.
Papa Omotayo is the CEO/Creative Director of MOE+ artARCHITECTURE and founder of A Whitespace Creative Agency (AWCA). As Creative Director of MOE+ and AWCA, Papa’s focus can be defined as searching to redefine a pragmatic African modernism through collaboration with contemporary artists. Papa works with a strong focus on context, culture and nature, creating ideas and work that tries to give a little meaning to the architecture of the everyday, beyond the realms of form, function and even technology. Papa’s architectural influences range from a transatlantic duality inspired by past and present African writers and artists such as Drum, Chimurenga, Olu Amoda, the Mbari Mbayo club, Wangechi Mutu, Demas Nwoko to highly technical and specialist buildings and installations from the UK and beyond. This fusion enables him to draw on diverse themes and is demonstrated through his material palette supported by simple technological innovations. He is a founding member of AAND (African Alliance for New Design), ‘bukka’ an education and research trust. He is also on the advisory board of Oxbridge College and is a committee member of the Child Life Line Charity. He holds a BSc (Hons), BArch RIBA from the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He currently lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria.