City Life Org – MoMA Presents Studio Residency: Okwui Okpokwasili


Okwui Okpokwasili. Performance view of Bronx Gothic. On the Boards, Seattle, Washington, 2016. Video by Peter Born. Courtesy of the artist

July 30 — August 28, 2022

The Museum of Modern Art

The Studio’s first artist in residence will be Okwui Okpokwasili (Igbo-Nigerian American, b. 1972). Okpokwasili creates multidisciplinary performance pieces that seek to shape and amplify the shared psychic space that audience and performer inhabit and, by centering the African American feminine, illuminate universal human conditions. His productions, created in collaboration with renowned designer Peter Born, are experimental in form, bringing together elements of dance, theater and visual arts.

Okpokwasili, a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and writer, said, “I want to build characters that are complete and rich with integrity, brown bodies working in a very specific and charged context.” She explores the roles of African and African American women by creating multidisciplinary performance pieces that seek to shape the shared space inhabited by audience and performer. His productions, created in collaboration with renowned designer Peter Born, are experimental in form, bringing together elements of dance, theater and visual arts. At MoMA, Okpokwasili will expand on her previous research inspired by embodied anti-colonial protest techniques used by women in southeastern Nigeria, exploring the possibilities of song, movement, video and text.

MoMA

Studio Residency is curated by Ana Janevski, Curator, Department of Media and Performance.

The exhibition is presented as part of the Hyundai Card Performance series.

Major support is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art.

Generous funding is provided by the Lonti Ebers Endowment for Performance and the Sarah Arison Endowment Fund for Performance.

Additional support for Studio Residency: Okwui Okpokwasili is provided by The Modern Women’s Fund.

Okwui Okpokwasili. Poor’s TV Room (solo). Performed at Lincoln Center Atrium 2015. Photo by Caitlin McCarthy

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