How Can I Be Nobody

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian exhibition at Smack Mellon

Installation view How Can I Be Nobody

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian exhibition at Smack Mellon

Ofong ufok

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian exhibition at Smack Mellon

Installation view Ubom Iba

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian exhibition at Smack Mellon

Installation view How Can I Be Nobody

Victoria-Idongesit Udondian exhibition at Smack Mellon

Ubom Iba

Ofong ufok  •  2022

Site specific installation of woven discarded textiles Variable dimensions.

This large-scale textile sculpture was created using locally sourced materials and second-hand clothes stitched and woven together in collaboration with members of various immigrant communities in Buffalo, where Udondian is currently based. The artist worked closely with the organization Stitch Buffalo, an organization founded in 2014 that provides space for Refugee and Immigrant women to create handcrafted goods and find economic empowerment. The installation at Smack Mellon’s space is the largest scale of this work by the artist to date, cascading from heights of 18-24 feet high.

Image courtesy of Smack Mellon. Photo: Etienne Frossard.

Ubam Iba  •  2022

Metal, salvaged shipping pallets, used shoes, shoelaces

Similar to the work Ubom Keed, this sculpture also takes form as a constructed ship rib and it is composed of donated and collected used shoes that stand in for migrant bodies. Made from salvaged shipping pallets, the materials connect the migration of goods to the often unseen labor by immigrant workers in support of the global economy.

Image courtesy of Smack Mellon. Photo: Etienne Frossard.

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