Marcia Kure

Born in Nigeria in 1970, and now living and working in Princeton, US, Marcia Kure trained at the University of Nigeria. A prominent member of the University of Nigeria-based Nsukka School, known for its combination of lyrical simplicity and socio-political vision, her recent drawing, photomontage and sculptures imagine alternative worlds. They are a critical response to the postcolonial existential condition. Through appropriation and reconfiguration of normative fashion aesthetic, classic juvenile literature, African masking forms, and children's toys, she produces hybrid, darkly striking images and objects that insinuate postmodern loss of certainties and postcolonial destabilization and fragmentation of identities. Her work suggests new orders might emerge from our complex encounters with the present. Her work can be hopeful and despairing at the same time, reassuring yet haunting, beautiful and terrifying.

Kure’s work has strong links to Uli art - a Nigerian art form with a graphic-intensive style based on sinuous linear forms, and she often uses traditional African pigments such as kolanut and coffee. Her work is connected to the African experience; the experience of expatriation, and the relationship of distance and the idea of ‘home’ are, for her, as much a part of the African experience as that of the artist working on the African continent.

Marcia Kure was Artist-in-Residence at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2014. Her work has recently been acquired by the Centre Pompidou, Paris and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington.