April Exhibit: Jude Anogwih presents MFA Thesis Exhibition "The Wall is Given"

Opening Reception: No Opening Reception during First Friday
Exhibit Dates: April 3-24 by appointment only; Closed to the Public

The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is proud to announce The Wall is a Given, a final thesis exhibition presented by Jude Anogwih to fulfill the requirements of the MFA degree. The exhibition will run April 3-24, 2020, in The University of Alabama Gallery at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center in Tuscaloosa. The exhibition will also be documented and presented in an online exhibition at a future date at art.ua.edu

While The University of Alabama operates in a limited capacity in order to stem the spread of COVID-19, the UA Gallery will be closed to the public, except for limited openings by appointment only, to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff. Please call the UA Gallery at (205) 345-3038 for more information.

Jude Anogwih’s mixed media works, while grounded in a vibrant gesture of color, have an inescapable three-dimensional component. He makes marks on unstretched, gessoed canvases and on found objects with duct tape, graphite, charcoal, pastel and acrylic. Anogwih explains, “I am concerned with painting as a structure of accumulation…of metaphors, forms, marks, and found objects. This is not dissimilar to memories, embedded on walls of old building or family photo albums, and constructed spectacles such as the favelas in Brazil.”

“With varied media, including duct tape,” Anogwih said, “I spin around an amalgam of dreams, intentions and experiences in sequences that are structurally layered in unpredictable new stories. I strive on a constant basis in my artistic research to conceive ideas that merge lived experiences, my imaginations and the realities of general life to a point of convergence.”

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); Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos to Johannesburg, Gund Gallery (Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio); Analogue Eye-Video Art AfricaNational Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa); Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil); 5th International Festival of Video Art, FIVAC 2013 (Camagüey, Cuba); Imagined Communities, Golden Thread Gallery (Northern Ireland). He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala and he won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, among other awards. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network Lagos.

UA Gallery is currently closed to the public. The upcoming artist reception on April 3 during First Friday has been canceled.

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