Wura-Natasha Ogunji, We hid our birds [close up, sky overhead], 2017, Thread, ink and graphite on tracing paper, 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy 50 Golborne
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, We hid our birds [close up, sky overhead], 2017, Thread, ink and graphite on tracing paper, 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy 50 Golborne  

Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s enigmatic works consist of delicately stitched and illustrated scenes on tracing paper involving the human form and abstracted scenarios. They are inspired by her life in Lagos, detailing the moments of unexpected beauty, humour and connections that occur across the megacity. Ogunji’s performances and videos depict her explorations into the body’s movement and mark making in water, land and air.

Ogunji holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from San Jose State University. She has exhibited and performed at Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala (2016–7); Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2016); Seattle Art Museum, Seattle (2015); MASS Gallery, Austin (2014); Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town (2014); the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York (2013–14); CCA Lagos, Lagos (2013); The Menil Collection, Houston (2012–13) and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Washington, DC (2013–12), among others. Ogunji also holds a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.