rosenfeld porcini is thrilled to announce Ndidi Emefiele’s (*1987 - Abuja, Nigeria) first solo show at the gallery. Over the last nine months, the artist has been working on a new compelling body of mixed media works on canvas that will be for the occasion unveiled across the gallery two-floors. The exhibition will also feature two large-scale paintings that testify to her increasing ambition.
Drawing on cultural, gendered and personal references, Ndidi Emefiele creates layered gurative compositions that obsessively address female identity within contemporary Nigerian society. Yet her narrative has a far wider relevance. Emefiele’s vivid canvases embrace a vision of women as strong, self-reliant characters who exist in relation to each other in a universe where the male is only noticed by his total absence. The women who inhabit her works are uniformly assertive and in total command of whatever environment they are placed in. Their supremely confident postures display disdain for social norms and defiance for any behavioural patterns aimed at obtaining male consensus.