ABOUT CHIKA MODUM
Chika Modum studied Fine and Applied Art at the University of Nigeria, graduating with a BFA in 2003 and an MFA degree in Sculpture from the University of Calgary, in 2012. In 2009 she was included in the ‘Younger than Jesus’ artists-directory published by the New Museum, New York. Her works have been exhibited at The Art Gallery of Alberta, TRUCK Gallery and The New Gallery, Calgary.
She has participated in numerous international exhibitions which include the Dak’Art: Biennial of Contemporary African Art in 2012. She was recently included in the U.K Aesthetica Magazine’s Art Prize Anthology: “100 Contemporary Artists”, published in March 2013.
Modum has been the recipient of Edmonton Arts Council’s Cultural Diversity in the Arts and The Queen Elizabeth II awards. Modum’s work draws from familiar processes and textures originating in her West African and North American space. Her work deliberates upon notions surrounding identity, individual and collective. She is interested in the way factors contribute to categorization of race, nationality and gender.
Chika Modum’s work deliberates upon notions surrounding identity, individual and collective. She is interested in the way factors contribute to categorization of race, nationality and gender. Hair and Skin have acted as muses for her over several artistic years. She has worked expensively with common stereotypes of ‘Blackness’ and ‘African-ness’. Exploring dark plastic bags as a medium for braiding her cultural narratives together. Engaging a host of images of skin documented from various ethnic, racial, social and cultural backgrounds as a deconstructive way of looking at the human portrait. Modum’s works invoke—through personal lenses—visceral experiences. Her works may be seen in the context of identity and the politics that it generates, especially related to race and gender. Modum relies heavily on present narratives, memories and familiar objects. As an interrogation, she attempts to create surreal forms that address the complexity of cultural hybridity by using recognizable processes and everyday forms that are otherwise benign.