Denenge Akpem: 08-08-08
Dec 3rd, 2008 | By John Knowles | Category: Uncategorized | Edit
This time-based work will be undergoing a transformation of space/installation and performance over the course of the exhibition. For daily photographs and video, visit http://www.denenge.net
Situated in both physical and cyber space, Nigerian-born artist D. Denenge Akpem’s sculpted performances are a critical representation of identity asking the question, “Who controls the future?”. Reworking archetypes and fairy tales into live self-portraits, Akpem creates new iconographies via a process of “re-mixing”, using coded layers of both symbol and sound to map methodologies of freedom informed by post-colonialism and challenges in the development of new hybrid identities based on reconfigured concepts of self and nation-hood. Her figures serve as simultaneously repellent and seductive guides through a liminal state in fantastical afri-sci-fi spaces where the barriers between performer and audience –the viewer and the viewed– seem to disappear. Her performances tickle and taunt the senses as they redefine the parameters of body and space, proposing new models of desire, need and interaction.