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DVS Program presents | Victoria Udondian, “How Can I Be Nobody” – Screening + Book Launch

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Distinguished Visiting Scholars program, College of Arts and Sciences at the University at Buffalo, is excited to announce the Buffalo launch of Victoria Udondian’s monograph, “How Can I Be Nobody” (Hirmer Publishers, 2024).The publication follows her 2022 solo exhibition in Smack Mellon’s main gallery space, in New York City, featuring a site-specific installation that combines woven textiles, sculptures, and sound.

“Victoria-Idongesit Udondian is a contemporary artist whose work is driven by an interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity. She explores creativity, culture, and memory in everyday materials through the histories and tacit meanings embedded in contemporary textiles. Udondian uses this conceptual framework to create interdisciplinary projects that question notions of cultural identity and post-colonial positions in relation to her experiences growing up in Nigeria, and her America-based transnational art practice. Her artworks examine the complexities of migration and racial and cultural identity in the global context. How Can I Be Nobody is the first publication to document and contextualize Udondian’s creative interrogation of textiles and shifting cultural identities within a global trade system, characterized by the movement of goods and people from one part of the world to the other.” -Hirmer Publishers

The event will feature a screening of the Udondian’s newest film work–a continuation of this ongoing project–followed by a discussion between the artist and Editor, Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie. Copies of the publication will be available for purchase at this event.


Victoria-Idongesit Udondian’s interdisciplinary works examine the intersection between immigration, labor, global trade systems and our postcolonial condition. She received an MFA in Sculpture and New Genres from Columbia University, New York; attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has a BA in painting from the University of Uyo, Nigeria. She is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York. In 2020, Udondian was named a Guggenheim Fellow. Her works have been exhibited internationally at The British Textile Biennial, United Kingdom; Hacer Nocer at Museo Textil de Oaxaca, (Textile Museum of Oaxaca), Mexico; The Bronx Museum, New York; The Inaugural Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt; Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; National Museum, Lokaja and Lagos, Nigeria; Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Lagos; Spring Break Art Fair, New York; The Children Museum of Manhattan, New York; Casa dei Tre Oci, Venice, Italy; Whitworth Gallery, Manchester, UK; and the National Gallery of Arts, Uyo, Nigeria, and Smack Mellon, NY. Some of her Artist Residencies include Fountainhead Residency in Miami; Instituto Sacatar, Bahia, Brazil; The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), Massachusetts, USA; Fine Arts Work Centre (FAWC), Provincetown; USA; Villa Straulli, Winterthur, Switzerland; Fondazione di Venezia, Venice, Italy and Bag Factory Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her work has been reviewed internationally by The Guardian, UK and Nigeria; The Times, UK; Hyperallergic; Elephant Magazine; The Art Newspaper, and ArtNet News.

Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, professor of African art history at the University of California Santa Barbara, is an art historian, artist, and curator whose research focuses on African and African Diaspora arts, modern and contemporary art, and African cultural patrimony. Ogbechie is the author of Ben Enwonwu: The Making of an African Modernist (2008) and Making History: African Collectors and the Canon of African Art Collection (2011). He is the editor of Artists of Nigeria (2012) and the founder/editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture. His awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, Fellow/Consortium Professor of the Getty Research Institute, Daimler Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, Senior Fellow of the Smithsonian Institution, Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Fellow of the Institute for International Education

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April 24
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program


Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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