Video: Artist Talk with Ekene Emeka-Maduka | STAGES Speaker Series
On February 17th, 2023 Plug In ICA announced an artist talk by Ekene Emeka-Maduka, as part of the STAGES Speaker Series in anticipation of her temporary public artwork for the STAGES biennial in August 2023.
Ekene Emeka-Maduka is a visual storyteller based in Treaty 1, Territory 1 (Canada). She camouflages into characters in somewhat relatable backdrops that subtly subvert reality. She achieves relatability in her work through semiotics from mundane moments with commonplace significance in her home country, Nigeria, pit against moments potentially recognizable globally. Emeka-Maduka builds dramatic worlds that constantly question the version of reality we actively contend. She studies the relationship between self-identification and communal identity. The vessels in her work and their built universe are alive. They shed their skins through time, gradually becoming animated and birthing nuanced expressions, colours, and feelings relevant to ever-changing human conditions. Maduka’s works are shown locally and abroad. Most recently, at Lausanne Switzerland with Fabienne Levy Art Gallery and Untitled Fair Miami Beach.
We are on Treaty 1 Territory. Plug In ICA is located on the territories of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis. Our water is sourced from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
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