MARCIA KURE

MARCIA KURE
Born in 1970, in Kano, Nigeria.
Lives and works in Princeton, NJ (U.S.A.).

Trained at the University of Nigeria, she is an alumna of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and the Haystack Mountain School.
In addition to fourteen one-person exhibitions in Nigeria, Germany, the Netherlands, England and the USA, her work was shown at La Triennial, Paris (2013), International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (2006), and Sharjah International Biennale (2005). A Research fellow of the Smithsonian Institution (2008), Visual Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2014) and winner of Uche Okeke Prize for Drawing (1994).
She presented her work at the 11th Dak’art, Biennale of Dakar, in 2014 and is part of the traveling group show, Body Talk, Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, Frac Lorraine, France and Lunds Konsthall, Sweden.
Kure’s work is in the collection of the British Museum, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Newark Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, IWALEWA-Haus, Bayreuth, the Sindika Dokolo Foundation, FRAC – Lorraine and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France.

Kure is a prominent member of the University of Nigeria-based Nsukka School. Her recent drawing, photomontage and sculpture imagine alternative worlds as a critical response to the postcolonial existential condition. Through appropriation and reconfiguration of normative fashion aesthetic, classic juvenile literature, African masking forms, and children toys, she produces hybrid, darkly striking images and objects that insinuate postmodern loss of certainties and postcolonial destabilization and fragmentation of identities. Her work suggests that from our complex encounters with the present might emerge new orders of being that are at once hopeful and despairing, reassuring yet haunting, beautiful and terrifying.

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