Kosisochukwu Nnebe is a Nigerian-Canadian visual artist. Using phenomenology as a methodology, Nnebe’s practice makes use of hesitation as a generative form of affect that opens the viewer and the artist herself up to new forms of understanding. Touching on themes such as the process of racialization, diasporic experience, and epistemic violence and restitution, her work takes her lived experience as a starting point for engaging viewers on issues both personal and structural in ways that bring awareness to their own complicity.
Nnebe has given presentations on her artistic practice and research at universities across Quebec, including Laval, McGill and Concordia, facilitated workshops at the National Gallery of Canada and the Ottawa Art Gallery, and was an instructor of Art and Criticism at the Ottawa School of Art.
KOSISOCHUKWU NNEBE, CHUKWUDUBEM UKAIGWE
February 9–April 14, 2023
A critical duet and inquiry into the complex representation of “common ground” in communicative exchanges. The dialogical exhibition asserts a shared belief in the parallels of language as a tool of instruction, and the predisposition of constructing/deconstructing emergent collectives. In what ways does language confront its own historical and cultural image- assessing interpretations, rhetoric, metaphors, orientation, and power? How does the ideologies of vernacular influence/return our conceptions of placemaking and self-situ. Kosisochukwu Nnebe and Chukwudubem Ukaigwe explore the modalities of cultural translation—language as a “tender” for belonging, understanding and relationality. In conversation, their works Is language a flag? / what is a flag on stolen land? and Elegy of the Wind reveal the “interspaces” of language;
1. An imposition
2. A transformation of colonial legacy
3. A monument to solidarity
4. An extension of shared humanity
5. A witness to the ways we see and experience the world
Exhibition Images: Dennis Ha
Kosisochukwu Nnebe, Chukwudubem Ukaigwe
February 9, 2023
6:30pm Artist Talk
Please join us for an artist talk with Kosisochukwu Nnebe and Chukwudubem Ukaigwe as they discuss their work in No Neutral Language.
Opening to follow artist talk.