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ARTIST

Valerie Uche

Nigeria

“A cockroach cannot bring forth a butterfly”

Communication, Dialogues between the human mind and the canvas. Seeing beyond the obvious, utilization of the sense of sight, touch and feel, tasking the brain to comprehend beyond the mundane.

Valerie Fab-Uche has spent majority of her life and work in lagos, Nigeria. Danfo as she is fondly called due to her “never stop, never settle” attitude and insatiable love for Lagos metropolitan life and street culture is constantly using her art practice whether in form of painting, drawing, sculptural installation or photography to document and question everyday life and challenges as a human being first and a female millennial. Her creations come from questioning herself and human existence. “Everyday we define art as an expression of oneself and experiences but instead of expressing, we lose ourselves to pleasing others so as to be accepted. I for one believe art is merely a pedestal for intellectual discovery of one’s own self and if you would agree with that; then loving your creations first before anyone else and not just creating for “the customer ” would not be too far-fetched ” VA’lerie is currently working on a series of paintings she titled objectify, the aim of these paintings is to point out the subconscious normalization of women painted in the nude in comparison to male nude paintings that often times spark controversy and also remind those that come in contact with this paintings and drawings of their humanity and regardless of gender or sex we are all humans first and should be treated as such.

VA’lerie is a fellow of the Arts in Medicine Fellowship an initiative of Tender Arts Nigeria and holds a National Diploma in General Arts from the Yaba College of Technology Lagos, Nigeria . She has Now returned for a HND Programme in aforementioned institution which is currently in view.

Featured Work

2020

“A cockroach cannot bring forth a butterfly”

MIRROR AND SCULPTURAL INSTALLATION

“A cockroach cannot bring forth a butterfly”

An installation influenced by internal fear (tribalism) and external fear (racism) and its relationship to the common fear of cockroaches, KATSARIDAPHOBIA.

As human beings we are often afraid of what we don’t understand, we often perceive unfamiliarity as a threat, to our authority, our thinking, and our beliefs: once it’s different, it is not ‘normal’. While Fab-Uche was gathering research for this project she found that there’s more in common between the life of a common cockroach and the average black man or woman. “A bird is an animal, a cockroach is a monster.”

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