Victoria-Idongesit Udondian: ÀDÁPÉ

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian

Through March 28, 2021

ADAPE, at The Space In Between, 431 Ellicott, Buffalo NY

Sponsored by
UB Arts Collaboratory in association with the UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program

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Udondian textile art.

Victoria Udondian,

Àdápé, Victoria-Idongesit Udondian

The Space In Between at 431 Ellicott will be subverted into an art media lab/studio where immigrants, first-generation Americans are invited to collaborate in the process of creating Àdápé while sharing their stories. Àdápé is a part of an on-going project, The Republic of Unknown Territory. This multimedia installation/performance project interrogates notions of border control and immigration.

At a time when immigrants are vilified and nationalistic biases increasingly divide developed nations, we begin to consider how this situation is impacting immigrant populations and communities mostly during a pandemic. “The Republic of Unknown Territory,” asks us to consider the global migration of people and questions the state of society without the contributions of immigrant populations. Please join us in this collaboration.

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian, Interdisciplinary artist and 2020-21 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Art, is a Nigerian born artist who lives and works in New York. Working across disciplines, Udondian creates multimedia installations and large-scale sculptural projects that draw from her experiences growing up in Nigeria. She engages with textiles and repurposed materials to investigate how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of his or her identity, and ultimately a nation’s psyche.

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Speaker Bio Affiliation

Photo of artist Victoria Udondian looking straight ahead.

Victoria Udondian, UB Distinguished Visiting Scholar

Victoria Udondian creates work that questions notions of cultural identity and post-colonial positions in relation to her experiences growing up in Nigeria, a country flooded with cast off from the West. Her work is driven by her interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials. Udondian won the Guggenheim fellowship, 2020. Her works have been exhibited internationally in Lagos, Venice, New York, UK, including: South London Gallery, London; The Inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt, Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; The Children Museum of Manhattan, New York; National Museum, Lagos; Whitworth Gallery in Manchester; etc. Some of her Artist Residencies include, Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil; Mass Moca, Massachusetts; Fondazione di Venezia, Venice and Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg. 

Notable Awards

  • Guggenheim Fellow, USA
  • Pollock Krasner Grant Award, New York
  • Most Outstanding Production Award, National Arts Competition, Lagos Nigeria
  • National Gallery of Art, Nigeria ‘Award for Exhibition’: Second African Regional Summit and Exhibition on Visual Arts (ARESUVA) Abuja, Nigeria

Areas of Interest/Special Expertise

Interdisciplinary art—sculpture, installation, textile/fashion, photography, sound, performance; mentoring students from Black and immigrant communities; clothing & identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials; global migration.

MFA, Sculpture and New Genres, Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, USA; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan Maine, USA; BA, Fine Arts (Painting), University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

This presentation will be offered free of charge online.