Onyeka Igwe

the names have changed, including my own and truths have been altered (2019)
a so-called archive (2020)

Onyeka Igwe is an artist and researcher working between cinema and installation. She is born and based in London, UK.

Through her work, Onyeka is animated by the question — how do we live together? — with particular interest in the ways the sensorial, spatiality, and non-canonical ways of knowing can provide answers. She uses embodiment, voice, archives, narration and text to create structural ‘figure-of-eights’, a format that exposes a multiplicity of narratives. The work comprises untying strands and threads, anchored by a rhythmic editing style, as well as close attention to the dissonance, reflection and amplification that occurs between image and sound.

Onyeka’s video works have been screened at Artists’ Film Club: Black Radical Imagination, ICA, London, 2017; Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh, 2020, and at film festivals internationally including the London Film Festival, 2015 and 2020; Rotterdam International, Netherlands, 2018, 2019 and 2020; Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, 2016; Images Festival, Canada, 2019, and the Smithsonian African American film festival, USA, 2018.

Solo projects include Corrections, with Aliya Pabani, Trinity Square Video, Toronto, Canada, 2018, and There Were Two Brothers, Jerwood Arts, 2019.

Recent group projects include KW Production Series, Berlin, Germany, 2020, New Labor Movements, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco, USA, [POST] Colonial Bodies II, CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019, there’s something in the conversation that is more interesting than the finality of (a title), The Showroom, London, UK, 2018; and World Cup!, articule, Montreal, Canada, 2018.

Forthcoming exhibitions include, The Only Good System is a Soundsystem (BOSS Collective), Liverpool Biennial, UK, Reconfigured, (group show), Timothy Taylor New York, USA, and a so-called archive, (solo show), Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada, all 2021.

She was awarded 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and was the recipient of the Berwick New Cinema Award in 2019. Onyeka's work is distributed by Lux.

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