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Artist in Residence: Chigozie Obi Artist Talk
December 13, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Artist Talk with Visual Artist, Chigozie Obi, via Facebook LIVEView Facebook LIVE
Chigozie Obi talks about the process and inspiration behind her general/residency work and how creating during the protests happening in her country was an escape, activism and emotional dump for her.
The virtual residency helped Chigozie take her mind off the protests and events happening in her country at that point. Creating the work, reading through the slack messages amongst fellow residency artists and interacting with other participants gave her some moments of peace admist the chaos. The feedback she got also helped Chigozie get corrections and know she was working on the right path.
Chigozie Obi (b. 1997) is a multi-dimensional visual artist who obtained a bachelors degree of Visual Arts from the Creative Arts department, University of Lagos in 2017. Her work is consistent in the use of vibrant colors and figures to portray emotions and stories formed from personal experiences and focuses on the representation of Black/African people in their diversity. Her work has been featured in several group exhibitions and sales, which include, MoCada Museum’s silent auction (2019), Collective Renditions, African Artists Foundation, Lagos (2019), Rele in Lekki, Lagos (2018), The Studio Scout, Omenka Gallery, Lagos (2018), The First Ibadan Affordable Art Fair (2018), Rasheed Gbadamosi Eko Art Expo (2017). She was selected as Arthouse Contemporary’s Artist of the month – July 2018 and one of the recipients of the inaugural Tilga Fund for Arts Grant (2020)
Her work authenticates her keen interest for the human aspect of life, the body, beauty standards and the strive for self-acceptance. She aims to create sustained conversations about people and society – the cultural narratives adopted and how it affects people in it, especially women.
Programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.