Ndidi Emefiele NIgeria, b. 1987
Ndidi Emefiele (1987, Nigeria) lives and works in North Hampton, UK. Inspired both by the Nigerian tradition and cultural references linked to gender and identity, Ndidi Emefiele plays with materials, creating layered figurative compositions using paint, pen, photos, textiles and found objects. Traditional mediums and materials merge with contemporary subjects and topics (such as female identity), creating a strong narrative featured by dynamic brush stroke and juxtaposition of colour. In Emefiele's canvases women emerge as powerful presences, who exist in relation to each other in a universe where the male is only noticed by his total absence. These figures make no attempt to fulfill male expectations. The large glasses they often wear become a way to objectify the ideological shield used as a protection from the world.
TightropeNdidi Emefiele, Nour El Saleh, Alessandro Fogo, Cecilia Granara, Erna Mist, Tsai-Ling Tseng 25 May - 16 Jul 2022Outside world and inner world dovetail as the works on display delve into the meanderings of human experience laying bare the collapsing of standard binaries of real and fictional. Foundational notions like belonging and selfhood have been shaken by a prolonged liminal experience of spatial alienation and temporal warp. Limbo...