Joy O. Ude
Current and Upcoming Shows

Once Removed
Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Exhibition dates: April 17 – May 22, 2021
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00PM (by appointment only)

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Curated by Kija Lucas

Southern Exposure is pleased to reopen our gallery for viewing by appointment, with the exhibition Once Removed. Curated by artist and Southern Exposure Curatorial Councilmember Kija Lucas, Once Removed is an exhibition of work by artists who are incorporating traditional textile and movement techniques alongside new material strategies. Artists in this exhibition draw from their ancestral traditions as well as personal experiences to create works that explore tradition and belonging while living in an in-between space, weaving together quotidian materials and contemporary art practice with traditional craft techniques. The exhibition features textile based objects and installations.

The artists hail from diverse diasporas and draw on these individual experiences in their work. The pieces created for Once Removed explore the complexities of post-colonial diasporic identity, playing with the fleeting nature of memory and examining the ways in which traditional skills are shared, passed on, and reinvented in a digital age.


9ja Vision: The Fiber and Mixed-Media Work of Joy O. Ude
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Front Gallery
4848 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
June 5, 2021 — September 11, 2021
*Open Limited Hours*
Thursday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM

Curated by HCCC Curatorial Fellow María-Elisa Heg

HCCC is pleased to present 9ja Vision: The Fiber and Mixed-Media Work of Joy O. Ude, a solo exhibition by the Texas-based artist. For millions of Nigerians worldwide, the mobile-friendly shorthand, 9ja (or naija), evokes a shared identity and culture in constant dialogue with itself–a dialogue which, like Joy Ude’s work, crosses borders and generations. Ude says, “The works included in 9ja Vision represent the interweaving of Western and Nigerian cultures, as experienced from the perspective of an American-born child of Nigerian immigrants. In each series, I combine intergenerational anecdotes, cultural commentary, and altered traditional fiber techniques to construct experimental visual narratives. Through my work, I endeavor to expand understanding of the American immigrant experience beyond a singular characterization.”

Ude’s practice is grounded in the rich traditions of West African textiles and references their material history as a backdrop for the personal, familial, and historical narratives that she weaves into her work. Combining printed wax cloth with photo transfers of family members, Ude contextualizes her personal history within a complicated material legacy of colonialism, creating embellished pieces that are both joyful and haunting. She explores this legacy further in the form of skin-lightening soaps and products, reproducing them in resin and coconut oil and draping them in hand-tatted lace, a nod to oppressive Western beauty standards as well as the presence and burden of female servile labor in historical and familial settings. Her work is also an exciting part of the enormously energetic and internationally influential fashion scene coming out of the Nigerian homeland and diaspora communities.

Merging the joys and sorrows of her history with those of her family and community, Ude’s deeply personal work is also familiar to the tens of millions of Americans born into immigrant families. Drawing on her experiences growing up in Texas, the largest hub of Nigerian community and culture in the United States, Ude’s explorations of assimilation and the generational transference of culture have created a personal visual language that both celebrates and critiques. Through it, she asserts her identity and place in society, affirming the same for others who see themselves in the narratives she weaves.
Lectures / Public Programs
Publications
Emerging Voices: Joy O. Ude
Surface Design Journal
Textiles+; Winter 2014, Volume 38, No. 2
Pages 64-65
Press
Joy O. Ude explores her heritage in textiles and photos (July 2014)
L. Kent Wolgamott
Lincoln Journal Star

Face Time article in The Crafts Report (January 2014)
The Crafts Report, Volume 40/Issue 453 (pages 36-37)

Young Blood article in The Crafts Report (September 2013)
The Crafts Report, Volume 39/Issue 449 (page 35)

Interview with Sally Deskins of Les Femmes Folles (July 2013)

Fiber artists blend modern aesthetics, traditional techniques (May 2013)
Kurt Shaw
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Pattern Base
Four of my prints are included in the book project The Pattern Base: Over 550 Contemporary Textile and Surface Designs. I’m excited to be included in the series.

Disco Vasarely, Lip Service, Make Yourself At Home, and Shades.

The book can be purchased here.