Amarichi Kelechi Broad Borders

Opening
6 – 8 PM
9 November 2018

47 – 49 Greatmore Street Woodstock

 
BROAD BORDERS 
 
Broad borders interrogates the complexities of migration, examining  how socio- political boundaries  have been defined in the past and how they can be reimagined in the present.
 
 Amarachi will also be exhibiting a collection of her recent works with narratives that connect art and human interactions, my work straddles abstraction and figuration characterized by deep engagement with colour and gestural brush strokes.
 
 
In BROAD BORDERS, her  main focus is her passport number  miniature series  which is inspired by the  Ghana-must-go bags (as it is called in some parts of West Africa) used as a visual allegory for the  of African migrants. The Ghana-must- go is a tartan plastic bag with a long  political history in migration in West Africa and the world at large.
 She made the tartan design with texts/numbers/passport numbers  which depict endless queues of impending migrants yearning for an economic utopia. 
 
These miniature series raise conversations on migration issues,the need for increased awareness creation and advocacy for mutually beneficial migration policies.
 

Artist Bio and Statement

Amarachi Kelechi Odimba is a self-taught visual artist who holds a PGD in Education (2015) and a B.SC in Geology and mining from Enugu State University of Science and Technology (2008). She has participated in several artist residencies, workshops and is an Art Moves Africa grantee for an art residency at Nafasi Art Space, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania in 2015. She presently coordinates creative art workshops at Institut Français du Nigeria,Abuja 

Amarachi is a multimedia artist who tends to communicate on societal issues related to culture, identity,, migration,sexuality, relationships and education. Networks span across public participatory art, installations and paintings.
A prevailing subject in most of her paintings is the human figure, mainly in nudes which she finds ideal in creating narratives pertaining subjective emotions that the society and happenings arouse in us. In her  paintings, her approach is bold, expressive, and intuitive. Often intending to obscure the demeanor of the figures in order to engage the viewer visually and emotionally