Nengi Omuku: The Dance of People and the Natural World at Arnolfini


Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, BS1 4QA
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Colourful painting displayed in gallery


Journey into the lush landscapes of Nigerian artist Nengi Omuku. Omuku’s human figures blend seamlessly with nature, exploring the relationship between individual and collective thought, belonging, and psychological spaces that transcend traditional Western landscape painting.

Featuring the monumental work Eden and new additions such as Quorum and Rumours of WarThe Dance of People and the Natural World brings together pieces first shown at Hastings Contemporary in 2023.

Omuku’s rich, dreamlike color palette is heavily influenced by the muted tones of Sanyan, a pre-colonial Nigerian textile woven from moth silk and cotton, blending Western oil painting traditions with Nigeria’s textile craftsmanship.

Hung away from the gallery wall or suspended from ceilings, Omuku invites the audience to see both sides of each cloth, revealing symbolic artistry and patterns like prayers of fertility woven within. Her paradisical landscapes and gardens draw inspiration from real places like Monet’s Garden in Giverny and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture in Ibadan, as well as memories of her mother’s garden and imagined realms where flora and fauna take on fantastical forms.

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Season (29 June 2024 - 29 Sept 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 18:00

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