Tuscaloosa. — The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to present “The Wor(l)d Is An Idea…,” the master of arts exhibition of Jude Anogwih, April 4-11, 2019, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery on UA campus. The public is invited to a reception for the artist Monday, April 8, 5-8 pm. Jude Anogwih, "The Wor(l)d is an Idea" (detail), 2019, mixed media on packing board, varied dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist.

Anogwih’s exhibition is a compound visual reflection of his travels and encounters within and beyond his home city of Lagos, Nigeria, the “sociocultural nerve point for the country.” Anogwih describes this body of work, primarily in mixed media, as an “imprint of drawings, paintings and installation that retraces my presences (physical, mental, and imagined…) in various spaces, places, countries and entities that I encountered and longed to be. They embody memories, perceptions/assumptions and history that I retrace, reconstruct, draw, paint, paste…into dense, abundant layers of persistent marks that build up with time. These fragments of my memories and encounters clutter like a spontaneous tapestry to tell my story.”

Jude Anogwih is a graduate teaching assistant in drawing and painting.He received the MA in art history from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from Federal University of Technology Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. He received the BA with honors from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria, in Creative Arts.

Jude Anogwih, "Sanctuary (series), 2018, mixed media on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.Anogwih’s work has been shown internationally in many exhibitions including Videonale (Lagos, Nigeria); Biennale Jogja XII (Yogyakarta, Indonesia); “Shifting Africa,” Mediation Biennale (Poznan, Poland); Suspension of Disbelief, Brundyn+ (Cape Town South Africa); Analogue Eye-Video Art AfricaNational Arts Festival (Grahamstown, South Africa); Jardim Canadá Centro de Arte (Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil); 5th International Festival of Video Art, FIVAC 2013 (Camagüey, Cuba); Imagined Communities, Golden Thread Gallery (Northern Ireland). He was selected as a Goethe-Institut Moving Africa Participant at Salon Urbain de Douala and he won a Goethe-Institut Fellowship to dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, among other awards. He is a founding member and co-coordinator of Video Art Network Lagos.

Jude Anogwih, "The Wor(l)d is an Idea" (detail), 2019, mixed media on packing board, varied dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist. Jude Anogwih, "Sanctuary," 2018, mixed media on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist. Jude Anogwih, "The Wor(l)d is an Idea" (detail), 2019, mixed media on packing board, varied dimensions. Image courtesy of the artist.

For more information about the UA Department of Art and Art History and its programs, visit this link: https://art.ua.edu/academics/or contact the department at (205) 348-5967. 

Funding support for the Sella-Granata Art Gallery comes from the Department of Art and Art History and the College of Arts and Sciences. Admission to the gallery is always free.

Hours are Monday through Wednesday 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The gallery is located at 109 Woods Hall in the heart of the UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available here: http://bamaparking.ua.edu/visitor-information/. For more information, contact the gallery at (205) 348-2783 or go to https://art.ua.edu/gallery/sgg/.