Sweep is a rumination on the body’s relationship to land and nation. A group of women carry vessels filled with dirt and a small broom. After emptying the dirt onto the ground, body impressions are made in the temporary parcels of land. Between each mark the earth is swept clean, removing all traces of the body’s presence.
In her solo exhibition Every Mask I Ever Loved at the ifa Gallery Berlin Wura-Natasha Ogunji presents a series of newly commissioned drawings and performances – including re-creations of her performances Sweep, The Kissing Mask, and If I loved you – thereby continuing her exploration of the presence of women in both public and private space.
Wura-Natasha Ogunji (b.1970 in St. Louis, USA, based in Lagos, Nigeria) holds a BA in Anthropology from Stanford University and an MFA in Photography from San Jose State University. She is a recipient of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and has received grants from the National Performance Network, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Dallas Museum of Art and the Idea Fund.