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Nigerian artist Nnenna Okore’s new Works

Exhibition takes place at the October Gallery from 16th October to 6th December 2008

 

Emerging, young artist Nnenna Okore will be exhibiting new works in her debut London solo show. A former student of El Anatsui, whose magnificent bottle-top cloths were the highlight of the 52nd Venice Biennale, Nnenna also transforms discarded materials into cultural objects, forms, and spaces.

"My works highlight wastefulness through beautiful and graceful forms we can readily relate to," says Nnenna. Her work often employs ordinary media like magazine and newspaper, which are disposed of in her current home the United States, but are considered usable commodities in her native Nigeria. By reimagining everyday waste, as well as natural materials, Nnenna’s works consistently challenge environmental neglect, consumerism and globalisation. This revitalisation, rehabilitation, and transformation of materials, makes Nnenna one of her generation’s most exciting and innovative artists working within the genre of urban recyclia.

Nnenna’s work was recently exhibited at Channel 4’s headquarters in connection with the Big 4 Project. In September 2008, her works were featured in the inaugural exhibition Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.

Exhibition Dates: 16 October – 6 December 2008

Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12.30 – 5.30pm

Tel: 020 7242 7367

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Article by Stephen Ogongo

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