Nnenna Okore

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Nnenna Okore (Nsukka, 1953) è un'artista nigeriana.

È emersa come uno dei principali artisti della sua generazione.[1] Ha vinto numerosi premi internazionali e le sue opere sono presenti in diverse collezioni in Europa, Africa e Stati Uniti d'America.

Cenni biograficimodifica | modifica sorgente

Cresciuta a Nsukka, in Nigeria, nel 1999 ha conseguito la laurea con lode in Pittura presso l'Università della Nigeria. Fra il 2004 e il 2005 ha ottenuto un Master of Arts e successivamente anche un Master of Fine Arts[2] in scultura presso l'Università dello Iowa. Artista di fama internazionale, ha fatto carriera anche nel campo dell'insegnamento ed attualmente è professore associato e presidente del dipartimento di arte presso la North Park University di Chicago.[3]

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Il lavoro di Nnenna Okore ruota intorno al concetto di riciclaggio: l'artista riutilizza e trasforma oggetti di scarto in elaborate sculture ed installazioni con tecniche manuali che comprendono la tessitura, la cucitura, la tintura, apprese guardando i suoi compatrioti nigeriani svolgere le proprie attività quotidiane.[4] Predilige materiali biodegradabili quali vecchi giornali, carta, filati, caffè, amido, argilla per creare forme organiche e astratte, ispirate in gran parte da texture, colori e paesaggi africani.

Filosofia di lavoromodifica | modifica sorgente

L'artista si dichiara attratta dai fenomeni naturali, dal processo di invecchiamento e di decadenza che inevitabilmente aggredisce ogni creatura vivente e perfino ogni materiale inorganico. Con le sue opere intende portare avanti una riflessione sulla precarietà dell'esistenza e sulle possibilità di migliorare e preservare l'ambiente.[5]

Mostre personali (selezione)modifica | modifica sorgente

2011
  • Nnenna Okore: New Works, Herron School of Art and Design Gallery, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, USA. *Shokoloko, Craft Alliance, St. Louis, USA.
  • Rush, Skidmore College Gallery, New York, USA.
  • Metamorphoses, October Gallery, London, UK.
  • Torn Apart, David Krut Projects, New York, USA.
  • On The Edge, Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Northwestern University, Evanston, USA.
2010
  • Life After, Noyes Art Center, Evanston, USA.
  • Textile, Blachere Fondation Art Center, Apt, France.
  • Recovered Energies, Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • Absurd Beauty, Northeastern Illinois University Art Gallery, Chicago, USA.
2009
  • Anyanwu, Carl A. Fields Center Gallery, Princeton University, USA.
  • Strings and Patterns, Viberto University Gallery, La Crosse, USA.
  • Twisted Ambience, Chicago Cultural Center, USA.
  • Of Earth....Barks and Topography, Goethe Institut, Lagos, Nigeria
2008
  • Ulukububa-Infinite Flow, October Gallery, London.
  • Moonlight Tales, Tall Grass Assoiciation, (Chicago) Park Forest, USA.
  • Affrika West, Oriel Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno, UK.
2007
  • Reflection: A Nigerian Experience, Contemporary African Art Gallery, New York City, USA.
  • Sub-consciousness, Adam Hall Gallery, Wheaton College, Wheaton, USA.
2006
  • Betwixt and Between, Carlson Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, USA.
  • Trans-figuration, Robert F. DeCaprio Art Gallery, Moraine Valley Community College, USA.
2005
  • Paper to Paper, Armature Art Gallery, University of Iowa, USA.
2004
  • Accumulations, Arts Iowa City, Iowa City, USA.
2003
  • Re-presented, Armature Gallery, University of Iowa, USA.
2002
  • Beyond the Lines, Didi Museum, Lagos, Nigeria.
2001
  • Metaphors, Alternative space, Lagos, Nigeria.

Mostre collettive (selezione)modifica | modifica sorgente

2011
  • Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
  • Transcending Integration, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, USA.
  • Environment and Object in Recent African Art, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, New York City, USA.
2010
  • Scratch, presented by Sakshi Gallery at Latit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, India.
  • (Re-) Cycles of Paradise, UN COP16, Cancun, Mexico.
  • 29th Sao Paulo Biennial, Sao Paulo, Brasil.
  • Textile, Blachere Fondation Art Center, Apt, France.
2009
  • (Re-) Cycles of Paradise, in association with the UN COP15, Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • In Progress, Group show at Calson Tower Gallery, North Park University, Chicago, USA.
  • Common Ground, Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, USA.
  • Chance Encounters- touring exhibition, Sakshi Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan.
  • Trash Menagerie, Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, USA.
  • Paper to Pulp, HC Center for the Arts, Ellicott City, USA.
  • Transvangarde, October Gallery, London.
  • Chance Encounters, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, India.
  • Object of A Revolution, Galerie Dominique Fait, Paris.
  • Trace/Memory, Evanston Art Center, Evanston, USA.
2008
  • Afganza Africa, October Gallery, London.
  • Affrika West, Galeri Artspace, Caernarfon, UK.
  • Channel4 Art Exhibition, Channel4/Art4 Gallery, London.
  • Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, Museum of Art and Design, New York City, USA.
  • Refabrication, by Nnenna Okore, Linda Gordon, and Kirstin Demer. Carlson Gallery, North Park University, USA.
  • Clay and Fibre, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA.
  • Joburg Art Fair, (sponsored by October Gallery) Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, SA.
  • Trading Spaces, Binghamton University, USA.
2006
  • African Contemporary Art Exhibition, Dakar Biennale, Senegal.
2005
  • Twelfth SOFA International Exposition, Chicago, USA.
  • 8th International Open Exhibition, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, USA.
2003
  • Migrations, Legion Arts CSPS, Cedar Rapids, USA.
  • Units, Legion Arts CSPS, Cedar Rapids, USA.
2002
  • New Works, Armature Gallery, University of Iowa. Curator: Thomas Aprile, Professor of Art, University of Iowa, USA.
2001
  • New Energies, Nimbus Gallery and Mydrim Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria Curator: Prof. El Anatsui, University of Nigeria.

Conferenze e Workshopmodifica | modifica sorgente

2011
  • Visiting Artist, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA.
  • Visiting Artist, Herron school of Art and Design, University of Indiana, Indianapolis, USA.
  • Guest Artist, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, New York, USA.
2010
  • Guest Artist, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, USA.
  • Visiting Artist,Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA.
  • Visiting Artist, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, USA.
2009
  • Guest Artist,Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, USA.
  • Guest Artist,Princeton University, Princeton, USA.
  • Guest Artist,Viterbo University,La Crosse,USA.
  • Guest Artist, Time Line Lecture series, Museum of African Art,New York City,USA.
2008
  • Visiting Artist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.

Pubblicazionimodifica | modifica sorgente

  • Nnenna Okore, Polly Savage, “Nnenna Okore: ulukububa: infinite flow”, October Gallery, 2008.
  • Nnenna Okore, “Reclaiming the waste”, University of Iowa, 2004.
  • Nnenna Okore, ”Exploring space”, University of Iowa, 2005

Collezionimodifica | modifica sorgente

  • Newark Museum, NewJersey, USA
  • Jean Paul Blachere Fondation, France
  • Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, USA
  • Royal Collections, Abu Dhabi, UEA
  • Art House Contemporary Limited, Nigeria
  • Channel 4,London,UK
  • Renaissance Capital, Moscow, Russia
  • Daraja Art Foundation, London, UK

Premi e riconoscimentimodifica | modifica sorgente

  • Artist-in-residence/Teaching Fellowship, Skidmore College, New York, USA. (2011)
  • Artist Residency, Jean Paul Blachere Foundation, Apt, France. (2010)
  • Artist-in-residence, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, USA. (2010)
  • North Park University Faculty Project Grant, USA. (2008)
  • Residency at Instituto Rural de Arte Hoz del Jucar, Spain. (2007)
  • Artist Full Fellowship at Global Art Village, Delhi, India. (2007)
  • Residency at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, USA. (2007)
  • UNESCO-Aschberg Fellowship for Artists (Gruber Jez Foundation, Mexico). (2007)
  • Red Gate Residency, Beijing, China. (2006)
  • North Park University Research Award, USA. (2005)
  • SFAI Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute, USA. (2005)
  • Graduate Assistantship, University of Iowa, USA. (2005)
  • Emma McAllister Novel Scholarship, University of Iowa, USA. (2004)
  • Teaching Assistantship, University of Iowa, USA. (2002-2005)
  • Valedictorian (Fine Arts), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. (1999)
  • First prize, UNIFEM Women's Art Contest, Lagos, Nigeria. (1994)
  • First prize, UNICEF African Child's Day Art Contest, Mbabane, Swaziland. (1993)

Notemodifica | modifica sorgente

  1. ^ Biografia artista. URL consultato il 2 febbraio 2012.
    «"Nnenna Okore has emerged as one of the foremost artists of her generation "».
  2. ^ Il Master of Fine Arts differisce dal Master of Arts in quanto il programma accademico di quest’ultimo riguardano lo studio scientifico e critico di una particolare disciplina, mentre il Master of Fine Arts ha un'impronta di tipo pratico.
  3. ^ Biografia artista. URL consultato il 2 febbraio 2012.
    «"Nnenna Okore is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department at North Park University, Chicago"».
  4. ^ Biografia artista. URL consultato il 2 febbraio 2012.
    «"she relies on the use of flotsam or discarded objects, which are transformed into intricate sculpture and installations through repetitive and labor-intensive techniques."».
  5. ^ Dichiarazioni dell'artista. URL consultato il 2 febbraio 2012.
    «"I desire to heighten through my works, the perception of textures, undulating contours and movements that exist within our ephemeral world; and to evoke some reflection about how we can better preserve and care for our earthbound surroundings."».

Bibliografiamodifica | modifica sorgente

  • Kate McCrickard, “Waste Management/Things Torn Apart”,Art South Africa, Volume 9.4, 2011.
  • McPhillip Nwachukwu, “Nigerian Art Market....,says Nnenna Okore”, Vanguard, 2010.
  • Jessica Hemmings, “Material Meaning”, Wasafiri Magazine, Issue 63, 2010.
  • Jessica Kronika, “Nnenna Okore’s art .... recycled material installation, The Examiner, 2009.
  • Mike Giuliano, “Visual Arts: Five artists 'paper' the arts center”, Howard County Times, 2009.
  • Jessica Scarlata, “Second lives: remixing the ordinary”, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, 2008. ISBN189038514
  • October Gallery, Gerard Houghton, “Nnenna Okore: Metaphorphoses”, October Gallery, 2011. ISBN 1899542353

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