Solo Presentatie Lisa Ijeoma
For Lisa Ijeoma (b 1997, Bruges, BE), making patchworks is a way to work through her emotions and personal experiences. The base of her narratives lay in trauma, racism, fear, abuse, and feelings of displacement and belonging — systemic issues most people of color experience firsthand. Ijeoma is fascinated by the gaze of the ‘Other,’ which is present in the over-sexualization and exploitation of black bodies. The works presented at the end of her residency at BAC art lab and Cas-co are her take on Paul Gaugain’s “Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?,” a work steeped in the male gaze, both colonialist and sexist. Her patchworks are made from found fabrics and sewn by hand. She also researches handweaving in her textile practice.
Note: N+1 is the former name of the residence and presentation space for starting visual artists in Cas-co. Between 2016 and 2022, 15 artists completed a trajectory in the space, carefully guided by art educator Sammy Ben Yakoub. From 2023 on, the space and trajectory became part of the artist platform Off the Grid.