Victoria Udondian is an American – based Nigerian art scholar who began life as a tailor. Her works which have been exhibited in many countries in Europe, the USA and Africa, are informed by her interest in textiles and the capacity of clothing to shape identity and the histories, tacit meanings woven into everyday materials. She engages with second hand (repurposed) material to investigate how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of his or her identity, and ultimately a nation’s psyche. She has used materials to create large-scale sculptural forms and installations and mixed-media ‘paintings’ that have been well received by art aficionados.
Victoria is constantly exploring the materiality as well as the historicity of the second-hand clothing and has created costumes or hybrid garments that weave traditional Nigerian and Western myths and narratives together. These costumes get activated with bodies through, performances, photography or sometimes function as sculptural forms.
Udondian is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar, 2020-21 at the University at Buffalo, New York. She has won various international grants and awards which include 2020 Guggenheim fellowship. She has also participated in numerous exhibitions globally including The Inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt, Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; Art 14 London Art Fair, London; The Children Museum of Manhattan, New York; National Museum, Lagos and; Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, UK, etc. Some of her Artist Residencies include Fountainhead, Miami, USA; Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil; Mass Moca, Massachusetts, USA; Fine Arts Work Centre (FAWC), Provincetown; USA; Fondazione di Venezia, Venice and Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg, SA.
Udondian received an MFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Columbia University, New York and a BA in painting from the University of Uyo, Nigeria.
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