Njideka Akunyili Crosby

Virtual Lecture

Drawing on art historical, political and personal references, Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigerian, born 1983) creates densely layered figurative compositions that, precise in style, nonetheless conjure the complexity of contemporary experience. Her cultural identity combines strong attachments to the country of her birth and to her adopted home in the U.S., a hybrid identity that is reflected in her work. Akunyili Crosby notes, “In much the same way that inhabitants of formerly colonized countries select and invent from cultural features transmitted to them by the dominant or metropolitan colonizers, I extrapolate from my training in Western painting to invent a new visual language that represents my experience—which at times feels paradoxically fractured and whole—as a cosmopolitan Nigerian.”


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Njideka Akunyili Crosby. Dwell: Aso Ebi, 2017. Acrylic, transfers, colored pencil, collage, and commemorative fabric on paper, 96 x 124 inches. Courtesy of the artist, Victoria Miro, and David Zwirner. Photo credit: Brian Forrest.