nanci amaka is the current boxjelly + fishcake artist-in-residence, based in honolulu, hawaii. throughout this residency, the artist’s muse was her mother who was killed when she was a child. in several series of work, the artist explored anxieties developed from the loss, as well as lessons she learned from it. she also metaphysically performed memories of childhood visions she had of her mother, as a process of letting go of a lifelong search for her. the exhibition will feature photographs, video, as well as sculptural work, all developed during the residency.
nanci’s work explores ideas surrounding trauma, identity, memory and the liminal space between experience and language. working from the theory that traumatic events challenge perceptions of power, autonomy, and identity; her work explores displacement due to widespread ecological destruction & global warfare. as well as the effects of traumatic memories on the human body and mind. her performances are poetic narratives of memory retrieval & inspection that investigate limits of vulnerability & social empathy, by creating charged contemplative experiences.
nanci received a BA in visual critical studies from the school of the art institute of chicago, and an MFA from california college of the arts. nanci was born in nigeria and spent her formative years in a rural rainforest village in south eastern nigeria. she is now based in honolulu.
"mother" by nancy amaka
thursday, january 11th, 2018
6-8pm @ the boxjelly
307a kamani st, honolulu, hi, 96814
light refreshments will be served
january 11th to april 27th, 2018
viewing hours are monday - friday 8a - 8p | sat 11a - 4p
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