Marcia Kure lives (b. 1970, Nigeria) and works in the United States and Nigeria. Trained at the University of Nigeria, she is an alumna of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In addition to one-person exhibitions in Nigeria, Germany, the Netherlands, England and the USA, her work was shown at La Triennial, Paris (2013), International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Seville (2006), and Sharjah International Biennale (2005). She presented her work at the 11th Dak’art, Biennale of Dakar, Senegal, in 2014 and was part of the traveling group show, Body Talk, Wiels Contemporary Art Center, Brussels, Frac Lorraine, France and Lunds Konsthall, Sweden.
A Research fellow of the Smithsonian Institution (2008), Visual Artist in Residence at the Victoria and Albert Museum (2014) and winner of Uche Okeke Prize for Drawing (1994), Kure’s work is in the collection of the British Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Newark Museum, The Hood Museum, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, North Carolina Museum of Art, IWALEWA-Haus, Frac Lorraine, Sindika Dokolo Foundation, Angola and Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, SA. She is a prominent member of the University of Nigeria-based Nsukka School. Her recent drawing, photomontage and sculpture imagine alternative worlds as a critical response to the postcolonial existential condition. Through appropriation and reconfiguration of normative fashion aesthetic, archival images, classic juvenile literature, African masking forms, and children toys, she produces hybrid, darkly striking images and objects that insinuate postmodern loss of certainties and postcolonial destabilization and fragmentation of identities. Kure’s work suggests that from our complex encounters with the present might emerge new orders of being that are at once hopeful and despairing, reassuring yet haunting, beautiful and terrifying.
Marcia Kure will join The Royal Institute of Art as Guest Professor in Februari. The course, Pushing Boundaries: New Forms of Sculpture, will explore sculpture through its component parts. By examining individual aspects, fragments or materials we will try to understand what defines sculpture and attempt to expand the boundaries of what sculpture can be. We will ask questions such as: Does sculpture need to have physical form? Can it be an ephemeral experience, or exist in diff spaces, such as the mind? Can it be a space that is inhabited? Must it be made using tools? We will explore ways in which sculpture can be created using both conventional and unconventional materials such as things one finds in their home or on the street. Then we will expand that notion to explore sculpture through different mediums and modalities. The students will be encouraged to find their own ways of making by examining aspects of different art making processes and the qualities of different mediums.