Wura-Natasha Ogunji is a visual artist and performer. Her works include drawings, videos and public performances. Her hand-stitched drawings, made on architectural trace paper, reference the daily interactions and frequencies that occur in the city of Lagos. She often combines images of the iconic and the ordinary in unexpected ways. Her most recent series of works on paper was exhibited in the Magic exhibition at Omenka Gallery. Selected exhibitions include: No Such Place: Contemporary African Artists in America, Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery (New York); Future Reflexions, The Arches Glasgow, UK; That’s not the Atlantic (There’s a disco ball between us.), Arthello Beck Gallery, Dallas; and Six Draughtsmen, MoCADA, New York.
Ogunji’s performances have been featured at the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town; Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis; and the Menil Collection, Houston. Her commissioned performance ‘An ancestor takes a photograph’, which recasts the traditional Egungun masquerade with women, is featured in the Seattle Art Museum exhibition ‘DISGUISE: Masks and Global African Art’. Ogunji is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2012) and has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York; The Dallas Museum of Art; and the Idea Fund, Houston. She has a BA from Stanford University (1992, Anthropology) and an MFA from San Jose State University (1998, Photography). She lives in Lagos.