Wura-Natasha Ogunji: lalala ha!

16 September 2023 to 5 November 2023 Tiwani Contemporary

Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Two figures standing in an embrace, 2023. Thread, ink, acrylic on tracing paper, 61 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Tiwani Contemporary.
Tiwani Contemporary is pleased to announce its forthcoming autumn exhibition in its Lagos gallery, lalala ha!. This solo presentation of paintings, drawings and performance by Wura-Natasha Ogunji ebbs, flows and accumulates over time.

Conceptualised as a series of changing vignettes with a non-linear narrative, lalala ha! considers the characteristics of the space as an important presence within the exhibition, with the height of the ceilings, the reverberation of sound, the cool industrial floors, and discreet windows all in dialogue with the works on display. Viewers are invited to look up, lie down, move about, return and remember, with new work hung within the gallery each week to reconfigure the whole.

Conceptually, lalala ha! is a form of memoir, embodying ways of being and moving in the city of Lagos, where the artist has primarily lived and worked for the past decade.

Ogunji says: “I am deeply interested in how our creative work as artists embodies the forms and poetics of Lagos: the stops and starts of moving through traffic; the choreography of the market; the deep red earth; water all around us; the return of electricity signalled by a fan turning on…A painting moves up the wall with a pulley…We pass images and the images pass us.”

Ogunji will present two artist talks alongside her solo exhibition at Tiwani Contemporary, Lagos. In these conversations she will share influences and frameworks for this exhibition and her larger practice. A programme of performance will also accompany the show.

  • Opening Events | Artist's Talk: 23 September | Performance: 30 September
  • Closing Events | Artist's Talk: 2 November | Performance: 5 November

Wura-Natasha Ogunji: lalala ha!16 September - 5 November 2023

Further Information: Tiwani Contemporary