Wura-Natasha Ogunji

Wura-Natasha Ogunji b.1970 is a visual artist and performer based between Lagos, Nigeria and Austin, Texas. Her works include drawings, videos and public performances.  Her hand-stitched drawings, made on architectural trace paper, are inspired by the daily interactions and frequencies that occur in the city of Lagos, from the epic to the intimate. Ogunji's performances explore the presence of women in public space; these often include investigations of labour, leisure, freedom and frivolity.

 A selection of her large-scale drawings was most recently exhibited at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.

Ogunji is a recipient of the prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and has received grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Dallas Museum of Art; and the Idea Fund.  She has a BA from Stanford University [1992, Anthropology] and an MFA from San Jose State University [1998, Photography].  





Affective-affinitites Sao Paulo 33th Biennial, selected as one of the 8 Artists/Curator by head Curator Gabriel Perez-Barreiro
A Slice Through the Word: Contemporary Artists’s Drawings, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
ICTAF 2018, Cape Town, South Africa (50 Golborne)

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York


Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India

Expansion of Time, Victoria Island, Lagos
Art Paris Art Fair, Paris, France

Art X Lagos, Civic Centre, Victoria Island

Lagos Biennial, Living on the Edge

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London

Every Mask I Ever Loved, ifa-Galerie Berlin 



AFRICA FORECAST: Fashioning Contemporary Life, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London
Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala, India

Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn



Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Seattle Art Museum

No Such Place, Edward Tyler Nahem Gallery, New York

Statues Also Love, 50 Golborne, London

Africa, Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum, Denmark



Your Heart is Clean, MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas

I Found God in Myself, The Sol Studio, New York

That's Not the Atlantic (There's a Disco Ball Between Us.), Arthello Beck Gallery, Dallas 

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other, DiverseWorks, Houston

Future Reflexions, Glasgow

Noise, Portugese Cultural Centre, Luanda, Angola


Six Draughtsmen, MoCADA, New York 

transFiguration, Canopy Gallery, Austin

Time to Pretend: Constructions of Heritage, Memory & Belonging, Harare, Zimbabwe

Moving Pictures, Fort Worth 


The Progress of Love, Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St. Louis

The Menil Collection, Houston

Lettering, Medialia, Rack and Hamper Gallery, New York 

New Works, Cliff Gallery, Dallas 


No one belongs here more than you, Centre of Contemporary Art, Lagos

Queer State(s), Visual Arts Centre, Austin

Selfless.Selfish.Selfiness, Fort Worth

Video Program 006, Champion Gallery, Austin

Somewhere / Nowhere: You Can Live in Paradise Forever, Queen's Park Gallery, Barbados 

Nowehere Near Here, Fotofest and Houston Centre for Photography, Houston

The Epic Crossings of an Ife Head, Austin


Currents, El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe 

As Far As the Eye Can See, Puerto Rico 

ves·sel, The Brennan Gallery, New Jersey 


Screwed Anthologies, Houston

Soundings, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami

Négritude, Exit Art, New York


Delicacies, Augusta

Women's Work, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Miami


New American Talent: The 22nd Exhibition, Austin

¿Y QUÉ? Queer Art Made in Texas, Landmark Gallery, Lubbock


The Yoruba Influence, ISESE Gallery, Austin


The Messengers' House, Santa Fe 


Sound Man and the Sea, 2015

Can’t I just decide to fly? Live Art Festival, Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, Cape Town, 2014

Sweep, The Hemispheric Institute, Montreal, 2014

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, Washington, 2013

Radio Kaduna, The Mesnil Collection, Houston, 2013

A tortoise walks majestically on window ledges, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, 2012

Sweep, Catch Takes Fusebox, Fusebox Festival, Austin, 2011

Incidents at the 22 Hotel, The Off Centre, Austin, 2010

Ife head arrives, National Performance Network, Knoxville, 2009



John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2012

The Idea Fund Grant, Houston, 2010

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, 2005

The Dallas Museum of Art 


MFA Photography, San Jose State University, CA, 1998

BA Anthropology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 1992

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