Exhibition

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji: Ezuhu ezu – In(complete)

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
24 May 2019 - 22 Sep 2019

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji 'A no'm eba, ma na anoho mu eba (I am here but I am not here, Presence, absence)' RS. Courtesy the artist.

Ifeoma U. Anyaeji makes distinctive sculptures and installations from discarded bottles and non-biodegradable plastic bags. Interested in traditional craft processes and the use of non-conventional materials, her work explores transitions of West African culture, specifically drawing on the folklore, fashion, music and poetry of Nigeria, where she is from.

Using a method which she describes as Plasto-art, Anyaeji creates intricately-woven structures and reliefs with a West African hair-plaiting technique known as Ikpa Owu in Igbo language (Threading), an increasingly obsolete hair-craft in Nigeria. By combining this with traditional basketry and fabric weaving techniques, Anyaeji reflects on the loss of such traditions.

For her first solo presentation in the UK, Anyaeji will present a selection of recent work in BALTIC’s Level 2 gallery.

On 26 May 2019 at 2 pm will be an Artist Talk with Ifeoma U. Anyaeji, where shewill give an introduction to her exhibition at BALTIC, sharing the ideas and processes behind her work.

 

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