In an unusual collaboration, Wura-Natasha Ogunji and ruby onyinyechi amanze presents their new works as MAGIC at Omenka gallery on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 4pm. 

For over two years, ruby onyinyechi amanze and Wura-Natasha Ogunji, through numerous written exchanges, have maintained an ongoing conversation on their processes and love of drawing, and their parallel experiences of moving through the world as hybrids. Through Magic amanze and Ogunji share a glimpse into this conversation, with new drawings on paper and a collaborative drawing performance.

amanze’s aliens, hybrids and ghosts is a series of drawings that began as a way to make language for the experience of navigating multiple cultural identities. The story gave birth to a world inhabited by beings who thrive in their hybrid skins, and show us what it is to live between and within many countries, cultures, and languages. ada the Alien, audre the Leopard, a black eyed pea constellation, Twin [a headless duo], Pidgin [appearing on the page as a pigeon], and merman [half-human, half-fish] are a few of the beings who dwell in this visionary landscape.

Ogunji’s practice extends between drawings and performance art. Her drawings, made on whispery architectural paper, reference a tracing and claiming of a city [Lagos] and the daily interactions, or rather vibrations and frequencies that occur. Characters, such as Soundman, the dj and flocks of blackbirds move effortlessly in and out of an unknown world and time. Through performance, Ogunji often engages the body in highly physical, yet subtle, endurance and time-based work that explores the residue of a body’s marking, and therefore assertion into public domain.

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Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Even the DJ must die, 2015

amanze and Ogunji’s drawings re-think the notion that displacement equates to loss or fragmentation. Instead, their transcontinental existence and the inevitable hybridity that forms as a result, becomes a source of expansion; an amplified view of not just the world we know, but a portal into the vastness of other worlds. In Magic, amanze and Ogunji conjure quasi-human creatures, expansive landscapes and surreal abodes as a new language for a universe in infinite flux.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Oliver Enwonwu, Director, Omenka Gallery, Eva Langret [Curator, Tiwani Contemporary] and conversations between amanze and Ogunji based on correspondences on their drawings for over two years.

There will be a special drawing performance by the artists at the opening.

Omenka Gallery Address : 24, Modupe Alakija crescent, Ikoyi, Lagos.