BY EMEKA UDEMBA
29TH OCTOBER TO 15TH DECEMBER, 2019
In celebration of the new Temple Muse flagship store, SMO has curated a special exhibition, A Question of Being, showcasing recent works by Emeka Udemba, an artist of Nigerian descent, who has spent the last 25 years working as a studio artist in Germany. His works speak about “the vibrancy of hybrid cultures” referencing race, gender, history, memory, time and beauty. Udemba experiments with rich colors, transparencies, words, printed paper, and textures to create multi-layered portraits that take a critical look at the emergence of vibrant multi-cultural communities and how a hybrid identity affects our sense of belonging.
Through his painting, photography, video, installations, and performances, Udemba explores the intersection of images and structures as a means of gaining deeper insight into how identity, and culture affect our sense of collective consciousness. Udemba’s works investigate imaginary worlds and rethink the boundaries of the archetypal.
Curator: Sandra Mbanefo Obiago (SMO Contemporary Art).
Born in Enugu, Nigeria, Emeka Udemba`s works offer a bond between mediums. These span from installation, painting, video, photography, and performance to drawing. Emeka Udemba is interested in the intersection of images and structures as a means of gaining deeper insight into how we communicate with each other, how we formulate identity, culture (or hide it)-as well as to how these elements affect our sense of collective consciousness.