“The Wor(l)d is an Idea…” : Jude Anogwih at University of Alabama

Jude Anogwih, "Where are you from", (octaptych) (2017). 76 X 448cm, mixed media on handmade paper (detail). Photo courtesy, the artist.
Jude Anogwih, “Where are you from”, 2017, (76 X 448cm, mixed media on handmade paper). Photo courtesy, the artist.

Opening April 4, 2019, the University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History will present, “The Wor(l)d is an Idea”, the Masters of Arts exhibition of Jude Anogwih.

Presented primarily in mixed media, this exhibition revolves around Anogwih’s travels and encounters within and beyond his home city of Lagos, Nigeria. With these works, the artist attempts to retrace his physical, mental, and imagined experiences in the many places he has encountered and hopes to encounter.

Through reconstructing, painting, and drawing, Anogwih has depicted these many aspects of his presence in the form of a visual story, in dense, compressed layers of persistent marks that have built up over time. This amounts to the mounted tapestry that will be exhibited at the show.

Jude Anogwih holds a B.A with honors in Creative Arts from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and a Masters of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently a graduate teaching assistant in drawing and painting at the University of Alabama.

Anogwih’s work has been shown internationally in many exhibitions including Videonale (Lagos, Nigeria); Biennale Jogja XII (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); “Shifting Africa,” Mediation Biennale (Poznan, Poland); Suspension of Disbelief, Brundyn+ (Cape Town South Africa);  Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil), amongst several others. He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala, and has won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network, Lagos.

Viewers are invited to engage with the artist at a reception held in his honor, on April 8, 2019, at the Sella-Granata Gallery, University of Alabama campus, between 5 pm – 8 pm.

“The Wor(l)d is an Idea…” will be on view until April 11, 2019.

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