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72  LAGOS Untitled (three), 2013 12 x 12 inches Thread, ink, graphite on trace paper Courtesy: Pascale Revert WURA-NATASHA OGUNJI / NIGERIA: BEAUTY, 2013 & WILL I STILL CARRY WATER WHEN I AM A DEAD WOMAN?, 2013 Wura-Natasha Ogunji’s performances take place on the streets of Lagos. Amidst the throng of the city she attracts attention in activistic ways; interpolating a conspicuous parenthesis or a ‘but...’ into the inevitability of the city. The focal point for both these performances is the women of the city: women who put things in order, take care of things, run businesses, toil and moil. In Beauty the women are represented as a binding force or perhaps even a kind of infrastructure in Lagos. At all events the paper work that derives from this particular performance seems to see the women as connecting points or a root network – those who keep it all together. The much more violent performance Will I Still Carry Water When I am a Dead Woman? visualizes the women’s burden for us. Ogunji gives the fate of the women a religious, stigmatic character. The burden is theirs, and they bear it like a cross. In complete anonymity and obscurity. Top and middle: Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria): Beauty, 2013 Bottom: Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Nigeria): Will I still carry water when I am a dead woman?, 2013


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