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    Wura-Natasha Ogunji: The epic crossings of an Ife head

    Presented by at Arthouse at the Jones Center

    June 13 - August 28, 2011


    Wura-Natasha Ogunji: The epic crossings of an Ife head

    Arthouse at the Jones Center presents a screening of a video entitled, The epic crossings of an Ife head, by St Louis-born, Austin-based Wura-Natasha Ogunji, for Arthouse’s SCREEN Projects, a series of silent videos projected at night on the second floor window.
    Ogunji’s work includes performances and videos that engage her body in explorations of movement and mark-making across land, water and air. In The epic crossings of an Ife head (2009), Ogunji moves towards the camera from a distant point on the horizon in unnatural leaps and hops as if her body is not bound by the laws of gravity. As Ogunji crosses the expanse of manicured lawn and approaches the stationary camera, her movements become more dramatic and her leaps more prolonged, so that she appears to float for extended moments. The titular Ife head is a reference to the brass and copper portrait busts of the Ife, a kingdom that ruled modern southwestern Nigeria from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. The heads depict people of status and authority and early twentieth century archeologists, who first thought the heads were evidence of Atlantis, prized them for their naturalism. Several of the Ife heads have delicate striped patterns carved into the face. Ogunji adopts these patterns, painting her face with yellow and white stripes.

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