Victoria Udondian CV

Lives and work in Lagos and New York

Before studying art, Udondian trained as a tailor and fashion designer. Her work is driven by her interest in textiles and the potential for clothing to shape identity, informed by the histories and tacit meanings embedded in everyday materials. Drawing from her experiences growing up in Nigeria, she engages with West African textiles and repurposed Western material to investigate how fundamental changes in fabric can affect one’s perception of his or her identity, and ultimately a nation’s psyche. Udondian received an MFA from Columbia University in New York City and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, United state in 2016. She received a BA in painting at the University of Uyo, Nigeria in 2004. She won, Most Outstanding Production Award at the National Arts Competition in Lagos, 2013. Her works have been exhibited internationally at Nigerian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial-An Excerpt, New York; Fisher Landau Centre for the Arts, New York; Historic Columbia Museum site, Columbia, South Carolina, US; Rush Gallery, New York; Flux Art fair, New York; Judith Charles Gallery, New York; Art 14 London Art Fair; Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and Centre for Contemporary Arts, Lagos. Artist Residencies include Fine Arts Work Centre, Provincetown, US; Villa Straulli, Winthethur, Switzerland; Islinton Mill, Salford, Manchester; Fondazione di Venezie, Venice, Italy; Bagfactory Artist Studios, Johanesburg, South Africa.