Images: Sandy Carson
Opening Friday April 25th from 7:00-10:00
MASS presents Your heart is clean, new works on paper by Wura-Natasha Ogunji. This solo exhibition includes an installation of large-scale drawings with video projections as well as small stitched works. The drawings speak to the layered and ever-changing landscapes of the megacity of Lagos, Nigeria and include images of maps and figures rendered in graphite, ink and thread, as well as videos created with a cell phone. Ogunji introduces text into some of the works as she ruminates on the ethical decisions we make in both the intimate and public spaces of our lives. The suspended drawings create a changing architecture as they move and shift within the gallery space.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. Her works include drawings stitched into paper and videos in which she engages her body in explorations of movement and mark-making across water, land and air. As a recent recipient of the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, she created performance works about the presence of women in public space in Lagos, Nigeria. She has performed at Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts and the Menil Collection. Ogunji 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). www.wuraogunji.com