Solo Presentatie Lisa Ijeoma

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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.