Chukwudubem Ukaigwe (b. 1995) is a Nigerian born interdisciplinary artist based in Winnipeg, Canada who consciously uses a variety of mediums to relay a plurality of ideas.
Ukaigwe’s present work is a deep dive into the discourse of semiotics and modes of perception with the use of specific mediums to create alternate and multiple realities that interact with each other in open dialogues, presenting the figure in specific and diverse scenarios and paying attention to contemporary fashion, gazes and composition. He consciously uses a variety of mediums to relay a plurality of ideas, weighing an occurrence, feeling, or idea on a scale and then creating a narrative in his own language..
“My work researches semiotic possibilities, and diverse mechanisms of meaning. I do employ a pluralist approach in facilitating open negotiations between multiple and alternate scenarios. My work semantically interrogates contemporary themes and their association to the canon. The fundamental idea or concept of my work is borrowed from experimental music (chiefly jazz music); therefore, I utilize an empirical and theoretical synthesis of fractionate expressions (material and conceptual) within my practice. The ethos of my practice is to provide a ground for individual analysis of work or idea, as well as a transcendent relational meaning between multiple works or ideas positioned together in space. My praxis cites from, and is supported by community”
Ukaigwe was the 2020 recipient of the Scott Leroux Fund for Media Arts Exploration and he is currently completing his BFA (Honours) degree at the University of Manitoba.
2022: (Upcoming) ADA\ contemporary art gallery, Accra, Ghana
Selected Group Exhibitions
2021: (Upcoming) ‘Self Addressed’ Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
2021: I No Be Gentleman (at all o). ADA \ contemporary art gallery, Accra, Ghana.
2020: ‘Everything Good Will Come’, DADA Gallery, London, England
2020: ‘There, Here, Nowhere: Dwelling at The Edge of The World’, Kanbi Projects x The Koppel Project Exchange, London, England
Portrait of the artist by Luther Konadu (2018)