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Chigozie Obi, The Photographer, 2020. Oil and strawboard on canvas. 40.5 x 51 cm, 107 x 137 cm, 40.5 x 51 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Chigozie Obi, An Open Garden, 2022. Mixed media. 122 cm diameter. Courtesy of the artist.

Chigozie Obi, Shades of Black (V) - Diptych, 2020. Oil on canvas. 107 x 137 cm each. Courtesy of the artist.

Chigozie Obi, Nwerre Onwe Gi (Free To Be), 2020. Oil and strawboard on canvas. 107 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artist.

Chigozie Obi experiments with the use of the layering of multiple materials to tell stories formed from personal and societal experiences. Her paintings act as a channel for thoughts, ideas and feelings that are inspired by events in her life as well as those around her. The body, beauty standards and the strive for self-acceptance are regular themes in her work, with the aim of creating sustained conversations about cultural narratives and how people are affected by them, particularly women.

During her residency at Gasworks, Obi plans to continue the series, Le Journal de Gozie (Gozie’s Journal), which will document her journey from Lagos to London and back.

Photos of works in progress in Chigozie Obi's studio taken during her residency:

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Artist bigraphy

Chigozie Obi lives and works in Lagos. She obtained a bachelors degree of Visual Arts from the Creative Arts department, University of Lagos (2017). Her work has been featured in group exhibitions which include, The Invincible Hands, Shyllon Museum, Lagos; Real Life Is Fragile, Thinkspace Projects, Los Angeles (both 2021), and MoCada Museum's silent auction (2019).

She was selected as one of the recipients of the Tilga Fund for Arts Grant (2020) and is the winner of the Access Bank ART X Prize (2021).

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Supported by

Chigozie Obi's residency is supported by ART X Lagos and Access Bank

ART X Lagos supports emerging Nigerian artists to deepen the engagement with the African and African Diasporan art community through the annual art fair and endeavors such as the ART X Prize with Access in cooperation with its partner Access Bank.