Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Catch Your Breath, 2016, Thread, ink, graphite on trace paper, 61 x 61 cm / 24 x 24 in, Courtesy 50 Golborne
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Catch Your Breath, 2016, Thread, ink, graphite on trace paper, 61 x 61 cm / 24 x 24 in, 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, humor, 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 Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk (2016); Seattle Art Museum (2015); MASS Gallery, Austin (2014); Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town (2014); MoCADA, New York (2013–14); Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos (2013); The Menil Collection, Houston (2012–13); The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Washington DC (2013–12), among others. Ogunji also holds a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship.