Chioma Ebinama: A Spiral Shell




Maureen Paley presents the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Chioma Ebinama.

Chioma Ebinama (b. 1988, Maryland, USA and lives and works in Athens, Greece) is a Nigerian-American artist who is interested in how animism, mythology, and pre-colonial philosophies present a space to articulate a vision of freedom outside of Western social and political paradigms. Her work also reflects on gender and queer identities through a figurative language that is informed by surrealism and Igbo culture among other sources. The collision of aesthetics and presentation techniques is indicative of Ebinama’s nomadic life and in recent years as she carried her practice from Mexico, South Korea, India, Malaysia and now Greece.

Raised in the United States by Nigerian Christian immigrants, Ebinama is drawn to the aesthetic of formalised religion for its potential to celebrate inner life. As she seeks to create new mythologies for the African Diaspora, her work is influenced by a myriad of sources, from West African cosmology to folk art of the global South, to the visual language of Western religion and Eastern spiritual traditions. Her work also reflects on gender and queer identities through a figurative language that is informed by surrealism and Igbo culture among other sources. The collision of aesthetics and presentation techniques is indicative of Ebinama’s nomadic life and in recent years as she carried her practice from Mexico, South Korea, India, Malaysia and now Greece.

Her practice is centred around work on paper, yet in her travels, she has collaborated with local artists to make sculptures, textiles and wearable art.

 

Duration 29 October 2021 - 19 December 2021
Times Wednesday – Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm
Cost Free
Venue Maureen Paley (Three Colts Lane)
Address 60 Three Colts Lane, London, E2 6GQ
Contact 4402077294112 / info@maureenpaley.com / www.maureenpaley.com

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