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  • Dates: June 5, 2021
  • Location: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
  • Time: June 5-Sept. 11
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this solo exhibition by the Texas-based artist. For millions of Nigerians worldwide, the mobile-friendly shorthand, 9ja (or naija), evokes a shared identity and culture in constant dialogue with itself—a dialogue which, like Joy Ude's work, crosses borders and generations. Ude's practice is grounded in the rich traditions of West African textiles and references their material history as a backdrop for the personal, familial, and historical narratives that she weaves into her work. Combining printed wax cloth with photo transfers of family members, Ude contextualizes her personal history within a complicated material legacy of colonialism, creating embellished pieces that are both joyful and haunting.