Marcia Kure is currently Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum. She has used her time there, both in the studio and collection, to make work for part of her forthcoming exhibition at Purdy Hicks Gallery. Recent collages, drawings, sculpture and installations will be presented at this, her first solo show in the UK. Marcia Kure is 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.