ELEGY OF THE WIND
SOLO EXHIBITION LAGOS 17 SEPTEMBER - 15 OCTOBER 2022
AMG Projects in collaboration with Kanbi Projects is pleased to present
Elegy of the wind, a solo exhibition of works by Canada-based Nigerian
artist Chukwudubem Ukaigwe.
Elegy of the wind is a poetic self-reflection, an introspective observation
of the human condition and the economy of language with reference to
its universal implication and inferences. The works in the exhibition is an
assemblage of writings, thoughts, and ideas, some that are at odds
with each other, creating a tension of perspectives that sets a stage for
the viewer to come into the works on their own terms, piecing their own
stories and the generative possibilities that it offers.
The works in the exhibition function as stand-alone essays or
compositions covering a wide range of subject matter: western
imperialism, migration, consumerism, global warming to mention a few.
However, consistent across the works is Ukaigwe's now developed
visual style: the questioning of mark making through an active covering
and exposition of layers of the under painting.
Ukaigwe's approach to painting is influenced by improvisation in jazz,
evident in the complexity of his compositions. Across the works in the
exhibition, Ukaigwe sketches the shifting borders of home and nation
to create an invisible connection between capitalism in the West and
the legacy of imperialism in Africa utilising satire, allegory and
Born in 1995, Ukaigwe is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, writer, and
cultural worker who approaches his art practice as a conversation, or a
portal into one, and in some instances, as an interpretation of this
ongoing exchange. He earned his BFA (Honours) degree at the
University of Manitoba and was the 2020 recipient of the Scott Leroux
Fund for Media Arts Exploration. His work has been exhibited
internationally, recently in the group show Self-Addressed curated by
Kehinde Wiley at Jeffery Deitch, Los Angeles. He has exhibited across
Canada, New York, London, and Accra.