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Please briefly introduce yourself and your practice.
You took part at the first Nigerian Pavillion at the Venice Biennale in 2017 and have exhibited internationally. How does it feel to present Nigerian culture on the world stage? What are some things unique about Nigeria and her culture that you want the world to better understand?
You’ve mentioned that Yoruba culture is a big source of inspiration of your work. U.Mi-1 is also heavily inspired by the diversity of tribes in Nigeria. How important is it to you to keep this connection to your roots alive and relevant to contemporary times?
Flying Girls (2016). Exhibited at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017.
U.Mi-1 also works with traditional textile makers in Nigeria to reinterpret these craft for a contemporary audience. What are some other ways you think these traditions could be made relevant for today?
What projects are you currently working on? What do you hope to explore/research in these projects?
U.Mi-1 is happy to reveal that Peju Alatise has just been announced as one of the 114 hand-picked artists for the Biennale Architectura 2020 exhibition in Venice. La Biennale di Venezia, established in 1895, is one of the most prestigious international cultural institutions displaying some of the finest contemporary artists of our times. It is an amazing opportunity to view Peju’s incredible work, which will be a part of the ‘Among Diverse Beings’ exhibition, open from 23 May – 29 November 2020. Peju would be the first Nigerian female to present her work at the Biennale.
U.Mi-1 would like to extend our congratulations to Peju Alatise and recommend anyone who will be in Venice at that time to pay a visit to the exhibition and discover many inspirational artists like her.