+15 WINDOW EXHIBITION
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER, 2011
RECEPTION: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 AT 7 PM
LOCATION – EPCOR CENTRE FOR PERFORMING ARTS
110, 8th Avenue S.E, CALGARY, ALBERTA
For the work Presence, I refashioned black garbage bags by braiding them into an elaborate African hairstyle-inspired drape installed across the wall and floor, emulating an epic head of coiled hair. Through this piece I recreate nostalgic West African experiences and traditions, which are subtly being replaced by more universally accepted alternatives. Appropriating materials from my present North American environment, I call attention to the culture of waste. My intention is to marry the vanishing processes with synthetic materials, in turn creating a new object that stands as a memorial and monument.
CHIKA MODUM is a Nigerian-born artist with a BFA in Painting (University of Nigeria), currently pursuing her MFA (University of Calgary). Her work draws on processes and textures originating in her West African background, interplayed with North American pop culture influences.